A week into spring football, the Copperas Cove Bulldawgs are looking pretty sharp. In fact, head coach Jack Welch, was really happy after Tuesday's practice.

"You know, I'm very pleased right now, the way we're progressing, offensively especially," he said.

Welch went on to say that both Bulldawg quarterbacks, Manny Harris, who led the 2012 junior varsity gold team to an undefeated District 8-5A championship and Devon Hopkins, are doing very well.

"Manny is outstanding right now for this early in the season," said Welch. "I think one of the things that has helped him is that we've got a really good receiving corps. They're catching the ball, they're running good routes and we're throwing the ball better than I would have expected at this time, so I'm real pleased with that."

Also up for praise were the Bulldawg running backs, but Welch was also excited about the kicking game.

"One of the real pleasantries of our team right now is our kicker Jayson Stanley. Last year he was very young and now he's getting real good height on the ball on his kickoffs and putting them good and deep, so that'll help our coverage teams," Welch said.

On defense, the Bulldawgs are "working on getting great," said Welch. "Defense is like a machine..just a matter of those guys meshing together as they rely on each other and that comes from being out there playing. It's a new group of guys and right now they're learning each other.

"I think the talent is there, I think the ability is there and I think the want-to is there..they just need more time."

The Dawgs have their first intrasquad scrimmage Thursday, May 9 with a 4 p.m. start time at Bulldawg Stadium. The scrimmage had originally been planned for Hood Stadium, where Cove has three District 8-5A games scheduled this season. Copperas Cove is planning to scrimmage at Hood Stadium on May 23.

"Thursday will give us a little better idea of exactly where we are," said Welch. "I think we're a little bit ahead offensively, but we'll find out in this scrimmage."

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