It's here! After weeks and months of preparation, high school football teams across the state of Georgia are taking to the field for their first official practices of 2018. I say official, because the work has been going since shortly after the last season ended. The start of the new calendar year brings conditioning. There is running and lifting and more running, and this all happens before the sun comes up or the first bell rings.
Spring football is a short window of time to get the teams on the field for a handful of workouts before a scrimmage. To me it is the start of the preseason, because from there it's a daily lineup of drills, 7-on-7 tournaments, camps and combines that run right up through the end of July.
That brings us up to now, when practically every coach looks to do or say that one thing that will be remembered or echoed throughout the season. Some will quote great coaches past and present, or presidents, or great military leaders. Some will opt for a movie that conveys a message. "Remember The Titans" is bound to find its way into a locker room or two, along with "Friday Night Lights."