Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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July 16, 2013

AARON SNYDER: Hitting the ground running

QB gets glimpse of teams on first official day

ASHLAND — FIVE-STEP DROP

Arrival    Place    Exit

7:58    Boyd Co.    8:18

8:54    Greenup Co.    9:42

10:06    Russell    10:40

10:56    Fairview    11:38

11:45    Ashland    12:42

-Total miles traveled = 52.6

From the first drill of Boyd County’s practice to the final huddle of Ashland’s, the Monday Morning Quarterback took a five-step drop and fired on all cylinders of his Pontiac to hit five practices in five hours on Monday morning.

Dead period is officially over, and summer sessions have begun. Players can’t strap on full pads for a couple more weeks, but the season opens in just 39 days (Aug. 23).

The QB’s hot route included stops at Boyd County, Greenup County, Russell, Fairview and Ashland.

Sorry to those who held practices in the evening, such as Raceland and East Carter, but remember ... I am the Monday Morning Quarterback!

It was a beautiful day to cruise a 50-mile looping trek lassoing the area. I filled up my Keurig coffee mug at 7:30 a.m. and didn’t savor the last sip until 10:41 while stopped at a traffic light on Diederich Blvd. in Russell.

Before taking you through an interesting morning via a stop-by-stop sequence, here are a few quick hits from local practices:

-Ivan McGlone will enter his 38th season as Russell’s head coach despite bouts with some serious health issues in the offseason.

-Ashland not only has a new coach, but will have a new face in a prominent position on the field.

-Greenup County coach Chris Mullins is determined to help the Musketeers avoid becoming the first team to experience back-to-back-to-back winless seasons in the area.

-John Gilliam, Boyd County’s first-year coach, appears to have his players’ attention.

-Fairview, last year’s Class A state runner-up, has its sights set even higher in 2013.

STOP 1 (7:58 a.m.)

Boyd County


Topping off his fresh Boyd County attire with a straw hat and sunglasses, first-year coach John Gilliam delivered a quick pep talk before the Lions broke into separate work stations.

Gilliam seems to have already gained a grip on the youthful Lions, as they listened intently to their second head coach in as many seasons during the early stages of practice.

Gilliam served as a Morehead State University assistant from 1996 to 2012 before moving to Boyd County. He talked about the transition.

“Probably the biggest thing is making sure the kids understand the commitment level,” Gilliam said. “I could have very easily come in here and had those expectations set that you would have set for a 22-year-old, and it’s just not realistic.”

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