From the Peoria Journal Star:
Back-to-back 3-7 seasons havenâ€™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.
â€œWe 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,â€ Gibbons said. â€œWe have a very motivated team and weâ€™re very excited about where weâ€™re at right now. It has the makings of a team thatâ€™s about to take a step forward.â€
After last season ended, Gibbons challenged himself, his staff and his players.
â€œWe really changed how we were doing our strength and conditioning program, recruiting, everything,â€ Gibbons said. â€œWe put our cards on the table and said, â€˜Hereâ€™s our record, guys. Itâ€™s time to do something different.â€™ 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.â€