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JCJC Football Team Reports to First Practice

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A new season gives the Jones County Junior College Bobcats a fresh start.

"That's the way I'm trying to approach it - every year's a different year," says Jones County Junior College head football coach Ray Perkins.

With a roster turnover of roughly 30 players each year, Perkins says building on last year's 6-3 record is not the right approach.

"I'm not saying we're going to build on last year, because half the team wasn't here last year," says Perkins.

Nonetheless, the second-year head coach maintains high expectations for the 2013 campaign.

"We're looking for a really great year - I am, anyway - and I hope our players are," says Perkins.

Perkins says a great year starts by preparing for the team's first game on day one of practice.

"We'll get in that with the mindset on the opener is that today, we're practicing for Holmes," says Perkins. "We're not going to wait around, and wait until just the week of the game. We can't afford to do that I don't think."

Perkins' mindset stems from a 28-year coaching career that features previous professional head coaching stints with the New York Giants and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"I'm not sure that the professional experience goes very far here," says Perkins. "Football is football, though."

With a year of adjustment under his belt, Perkins looks forward to year two.

"I'm a lot more excited about this year than I was last year because I didn't know anything about it last year.

But when it comes to the first day of practice, Perkins says that excitement only applies to the coaches.

"Players don't get too excited except for games," says Perkins. "They kind of look at this like, 'Oh gosh we have practice again today' - that type of thing."

The Bobcats open the season on the road against Holmes Community College on Aug. 29 at 7 p.m.

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