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Glenwood young, expectations still high

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The 2013 version of the Glenwood Gators is decidedly different from years past.

With a new coach and only four seniors—just three of whom played football last year—Glenwood bears little resemblance to the team that made a deep run to the playoffs last season.

However, that doesn't mean the expectations are any less.

"We're trying to teach them how to do things the right way," said head coach Tripp Henderson. "That's what we focused on this offseason, this summer, and I think they responded well. We still have a long way to go, but as long as they improve every day, we'll get there."

Henderson, who is beginning his second stint as Gator head coach, brings with him a fast-paced, up-tempo offense he says is similar to what Gus Malzahn will run at Auburn. Senior running back/safety Dylan Denny says the team is well conditioned after learning the new system.

"It's tough, just because we had a new scheme," Denny said. "He's fast-paced. I mean, everything's fast. Defense, offense, just fast. Everything's moving."

The team has experienced expected growing pains with so much youth trying to learn what a new coach wants.

"We've been doing alright, getting our plays situated," Denny said. "We had to go over a new offense. I guess this past game we just played told us where we were."

Denny is referring to a scrimmage Glenwood played recently. According to the senior, the team still has work to do, a feeling his coach echoes.

"We're still in the process of learning," Henderson said. "You get used to practicing against yourself, and you kind of get a feel for what you're going to see every day. Then you see somebody different [and] it's kind of a shock to you. I think we're kind of getting over that initial shock."

Glenwood opens the season Friday at home against Bessemer.

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