Eisenhower must replace key skill players
Spring practice and summer weight workouts are always important when you start talking about big-school football in Oklahoma, but for Eisenhower's program, the stakes are even higher when it comes to rebuilding a team that can get the Eagles back to the playoffs.
There may not be another 5A program in Oklahoma that has to replace more offensive weapons than the Eagles are replacing. Gone are the likes of quarterback RJ Fisher, running back Kenneth Graham and wide receiver Kinyon Parker to mention the most notable graduates.
Fisher and Graham combined to rush for 2,119 yards and 26 touchdowns last season and Fisher threw for 1,239 yards and nine more scores. All total the Eagles have to replace 3,201 yards of total offense and 39 touchdowns.
"We spent a lot of time moving kids around, trying to find the right fit for their physical skills," Ike head coach Mike Burris said. "We had about 40 or 45 out each day and they worked hard and gave us a chance to see what they could do."
That total doesn't include the incoming freshmen who aren't allowed to practice with the high school until they actually graduate from their respective middle schools.
But the kids who are in the program worked hard to improve and that seems to have Burris optimistic.