Tooele coach Kyle Brady likes what he is seeing on the field after the first five days of padded practice.
There is an aggression and focus he hasn't seen in a while. As younger players are getting acclimated to Buffalo football both on the field and in the weight room, Brady can see a team that is ready to make a mark in the fall.
"They want to hit somebody," Brady said. "They're getting excited, which I like."
Lineman Tony Leakehe is the keystone to a solid season. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound pulling guard also plays on the defensive interior. Brady said that Leakehe's biggest contribution is his quiet leadership.
"Tony leads by example playing two very important positions for us," Brady said. "As a senior, he works hard, and the kids sure look up to him."
Quarterback Jake Brady will be promoted from backup to starter. After watching from the sidelines last season, he has been taking control of the practices and getting his team ready. Brady, who can throw or run, has put in the work to stand out for Tooele.
"Our goal is to make the playoffs this year," coach Brady said. "With Jake leading the guys in the huddle, I think we have a chance. The kids really respect him."
ASSIGNMENT • Class 3AA North
LAST YEAR • 1-9 overall, 2-4 Region 11
KEY RETURNER • Lineman Tony Leakehe is a monster on the line playing both ways. He leads by example, and the Buffaloes are getting in line.
PLAYER TO WATCH • Maka Kioa is where the hammer meets the nail. Coach Brady describes the junior as an incredibly strong tackler.
BIGGEST HOLE • The linebacking corps needs to step up. Brady is counting on younger players to develop in the secondary.
NEED TO KNOW • Confidence has been a problem at Tooele. The Buffaloes need to win at home.