Knox bringing a new attitude: Prairie Fire feel they’ve made the right program-wide changes to compete

From the Peoria Journal Star:

Back-to-back 3-7 seasons haven’t dampened the spirits of Knox College football coach Andy Gibbons. In fact, with a solid core of returning players and a 30-man freshman class, the 14-year leader of the Prairie Fire is downright giddy.

“We brought in a big, talented class that has lived up to its potential and our upperclassmen went home and did what they were supposed to do over the summer,” Gibbons said. “We have a very motivated team and we’re very excited about where we’re at right now. It has the makings of a team that’s about to take a step forward.”

After last season ended, Gibbons challenged himself, his staff and his players.

“We really changed how we were doing our strength and conditioning program, recruiting, everything,” Gibbons said. “We put our cards on the table and said, ‘Here’s our record, guys. It’s time to do something different.’ It started with strength and conditioning and our kids have got themselves in the best possible shape. They came into camp feeling good about themselves and have gotten better each day.”