Wildcats spring practice underway

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Oak Ridge, Tenn. (WVLT) - Spring football practice is underway for many area teams and that includes Joe Gaddis' Oak Ridge Wildcats.

Oak Ridge Wildcats participate in spring practice drills. Source: WVLT

The 2018 Wildcats went ten and three last year, falling to Catholic in the 5A quarterfinals.

This year the Wildcats are of course hoping to better that record and make a deeper run in the playoffs, Gaddis says his offensive line, for the first time in his coaching career, is a big strength for this years team. "We're small up front, we're never big, but we do have experience for the first time on offense so that will be pretty big. We have a new quarterback so I like having an experienced line with a new quarterback."

On the other side of the ball the Wildcats will need to build some depth and figure out who will replace some key defensive players that they'll be without in the 2019 campaign.

"Defensively we lost our secondary minus one, we have a great linebacker back in Jacob Adams and we have a lot of holes to plug in the secondary" Gaddis said.

The Wildcats home opener is set for August 23rd against Hardin Valley, when the Hawks come to Oak Ridge they'll be playing on a brand new turf field, work is wrapping up on the project and the guys are excited to get out on the new surface this fall.

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