By Raegan Stanley

Killeen Daily Herald

The Shoemaker Grey Wolves started their football season early Monday morning and practiced until the noonday heat set in.

"We are starting from scratch," said head coach Ken Gray.

Gray said that the team has already suffered a setback. Nine starters and projected starters are no longer available because of military parents who were assigned somewhere other than Fort Hood.

The team also has just two defensive starters returning and inexperience will be something the team will have to overcome.

Starting quarterback Andre Smith and running back/cornerback Lyvell Marzett are two of the offensive returnees and Gray says that the two are already attracting attention from different universities.

The University of Tulsa has expressed interest in Smith and Marzett has had several offers to play at the next level.

"Andre looks really good out there," Gray said.

As for team highs, Gray thinks that the chemistry the boys have is something to be proud of.

"We have very good team unity and chemistry," Gray said. "There is no one superstar out there on the field. They all seem to respect each other."

The fact that there are not many Wolves who have varsity experience will make many of the kids step up and perform to a higher level, Gray thinks.

The Grey Wolves will face Lampasas on Aug. 25 in their first scrimmage.

Contact Raegan Stanley at or (254) 501-7564.

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