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Austin football summer program getting 90 players ready for the season

Austin football head coach Jeremy Perkins carries a bag of footballs during a recent summer practice. Photo courtesy of Jeronimo Nisa/Decatur Daily.

Austin football head coach Jeremy Perkins likes to end workouts or practice addressing his entire team with the players gathered around him on one knee.

That’s not happening now for a team with 90 players during a time of strict social distancing rules due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Just getting his players the opportunity to work out has taken a lot of planning.

“If you are going to be in this business, you had better be flexible,” Perkins said. “In this situation we have to do everything we can for the health and safety of our players.”

To make it all work, it has taken a lot of planning. Perkins has divided the team into four groups of about 20 to 25 players each. The players arrive and leave at staggered times starting at 6:45 a.m. The last group is out by 10 a.m. No one is allowed in the locker room.

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