By Jonathan Deal
Clint Legg knew exactly what his plan would be before he was ever named the head football coach at Ardmore earlier this year. The first-year head coach is installing an old school, smash-mouth brand of football.
Legg got some help during one of the team’s workouts last week when former Auburn quarterback, Charlie Trotman, stopped by to offer some words of wisdom and instruction to the Tigers.
“One for all, all for one,” Trotman said to Ardmore’s young football team Thursday afternoon. “Everyone of you are for each other. Find somebody to push you. If you can’t find somebody to push you, ask somebody to push you.”
Trotman knows a thing or two about old school, smash-mouth football. The Montgomery resident played quarterback at Auburn from 1977-1979. A true option quarterback, Trotman was part of an Auburn team that featured future NFL running backs Joe Cribbs, James Brooks and William Andrews.
The former Auburn signal-caller passed on some of that wisdom to Ardmore’s young crop of quarterbacks during one of the team’s summer workouts last week.
While the Tigers don’t figure to be a true option team, Legg said the team would utilize some option plays.
“We’re going to try to do a better job this year of being multiple in our formations,” said Legg. “We’ll add some tight formations, some spread formations. But for the most part, we’ll line up with a fullback, tailback and try and run the football.”
Legg takes over for Shannon Brown, who stepped down to take an administrative role in Huntsville’s school system. Since being promoted from the Tigers offensive coordinator position, Legg has made no secret about what type of team he wants to have.
“My goal and my objective here is we’re going to work our tails off in the weight room; we’re going to get big and be a physical team,” said Legg. “We’re going to play that brand of football.”
Legg takes over an Ardmore team with just four seniors out of 48 players currently on the roster in grades nine through12. It will be Legg’s first head coaching job after serving as assistant coach for nearly two decades in North Alabama.
In his first few months on the job, Legg likes what he sees.
“My first goal here was to make sure you could tell our guys worked out,” said Legg. “I’ve been doing this 19 years and these guys are working as hard in the weight room as any group I’ve ever coached. Lets hope that parlays to the football field.”
Ardmore kicks off its season at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at Elkmont.