HOPE, Ark. — The Hope Bobcats football team isn't letting anything stop them from achieving their offseason goals.
Hope is led by third-year head coach and Bobcat alum Phillip Turner, who is currently conducting his program virtually.
"I send out workouts every Monday morning and we also send it to our guys via Twitter," Turner said. "We also have a remind page for our players and coaches. We also have a parent involvement page on Facebook that one of my assistant coaches manages. We try as many ways as we can to get out as much information to our kids as we can.
"There's a lot of kids that have been doing a lot of stuff on their own. They're jumping rope, flipping tires and those kinds of things. The kids are working really hard."
Although the Bobcats ended the season with a loss to Magnolia, Hope beat De Queen for a conference victory during the season.
Turner hopes his team can continue the gains physically as a program before the Arkansas Activities Association suspended play.
"Unfortunately, I think this time off may hurt us from a weight-room aspect," Turner said. "We have talent and a bunch of athletes. We're just behind some of teams in our conference in the weight-room. During the beginning of offseason, before the coronavirus, our guys were making some major gains. Kids were getting 35, 40 and 50 pounds over their
"They were also seeing the changes in their bodies. Then the suspension hit. We want to be strong and to be able to handle people in the trenches. We have a lot of kids that have said they're coming out for football after being in the house for so many weeks. They've been cooped up in the house, so they're anxious to get out there and start playing."
As soon as the AAA says athletic competition can commence, Turner plans to have his staff ready for their players.
"If the AAA says we can start June 1, I might spend the night at the fieldhouse on May 31," Turner said. "We're going to hit the ground running. I've been talking with the co-activity director, so we're going to try to get our physicals done the first two days. We have a clinic on our campus now and all of our athletic trainers. We want to get all of that information updates. Then after that, we're going straight to the field."
The Bobcats travel to Little Rock to take on Hall for their season opener Aug. 28.
"Hopefully, we're going to have a lot of athleticism moving up with the sophomore class," Turner said. "We also have some really solid core guys coming back from last year's team. You can expect a team that's ready to compete every Friday night and that'll give their all. The kids have really showed me my first two years that there's no quit in them.
"If we can continue to build out weight program up, the sky is the limit for the Hope Bobcats."