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July 13, 2014

Pioneer football focuses on improving performance

STILLWATER, Okla. — With the 2014 football season coming up quickly, the Stillwater Pioneers are working on the finer details of the fundamentals in their Pioneer Performance camp which started in June and wraps up at the end of the month.

“June was a heavy month for us,” coach Tucker Barnard said. “We’re coming out of spring football and we go to team camp. Now, we get to back off a little bit and just worry about individual position players for a few weeks.”

Senior defensive end Cyntrell Carden said the camp is much more than just running plays, it’s also about getting into shape and improving their strength.

“We are working on small things like footwork and getting our hips level,” he added. “We are working on conditioning to get us in shape for our games.”

Junior Jordan Brown said the camp helps him stay in shape, which is something he hopes to do better this year.

“This year, I feel a lot better,” Brown said. “I can run a lot better.”

Barnard said during spring football, they worked on executing the basics but adding on to it during Pioneer Performance. He said they spent some time learning new concepts.

“(Tuesday) was a little rough,” Barnard said. “We were a little confused because we were talking about new stuff. We spent a little time on the board to get things figured out.”

Friday and Saturday, the Pioneers spent time working on the passing game as they competed in a 7-on-7 tournament in Shiloh, Ark. With the season opener against Deer Creek less than two months away, Brown said he feels good about where the team stands.

“I think we are going to be great,” Brown said. “I think we have a good chance to win a lot of games.”

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