20-Yard Dash: Stuarts Draft Cougars

STUARTS DRAFT, Va. (WHSV) -- The offseason for high school football in the valley has been relatively quiet. But there was one notable coaching change at Stuarts Draft.

Gone is Rod Bowers, who left to become an assistant coach at Buffalo Gap. Taking his place is a man that's been very familiar with the program.

Nathan Floyd took over after 12 years as an assistant for the Cougars. This is Floyd's first head coaching gig but he says not much is going to change with the way the team is run. One player did notice that not everything is the same.

"It's different,” senior fullback and linebacker John-Mark Burnett said. “The feeling is different. It's more positive I think. It's just a great atmosphere.”

But there are adjustments being made for the seniors as they step up into leadership roles and build off of a 7-4 campaign last year.

"They are doing good. They're being vocal,” Floyd said. “We're still trying to get them to be a little more vocal, but it's new for them. Having to be vocal. We just have to keep encouraging and we're just trying to keep them busy.

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