Written by Matt Wixon
Plano West opens practice with high expectations, emphasis on defense
Plano West took the field at 7 a.m. Monday with the highest expectations in school history. The Wolves, who advanced to the Class 5A Division I Regional final last year, are hoping to make an even deeper run this season and win its first district title since 2004.
"We're looking really good," said running back Auston Anderson, a senior who rushed for 1,156 yards and 13 touchdowns last season and is orally committed to Northwestern. "Everybody looks like they've been working out. Nobody looks sluggish or tired. We looked focused."
Anderson and fellow running back Sotonye Jamabo (1,697 yards, 24 TDs last season) give Plano West a terrific combo in the backfield, but Plano West's biggest emphasis in fall practice will be defense. Only two starters return from a defense that allowed 35 points per game.
"We were real good on offense last year, but the focus right now is to get our defensive players in the right position and get them playing hard," coach Mike Hughes said. "To win a state championship, we've got to play better defense."