Big things are expected from the Jaguars this season with a veteran team and a new coach.
The Jaguars will definitely be one of the top area teams to watch this season. They have 18 seniors and several starters returning and are once again, picked to win their district. But they want more than that this year. They feel like they can get it done with new head coach Keith Willis.
New LBJ Head Coach Keith Willis is an intense, and hands on type of guy. But emotion and energy isn't all he's bringing to the Jaguars.
"Our deal is basically about discipline. It's about discipline and for everyone taking the mantle of leadership and rolling with it," said Willis.
"We have more discipline now. We're working harder. We do a lot more reps in practice. He's a great coach. I like him a lot. He's strict and he knows what he wants. If you follow his instructions then you're good," said LBJ Senior Receiver, Andre Fresch.
"From the first day Coach Willis came in he was very straightforward with us. With what he brought to the table and what he expected of us, and how he wanted to run this program," said LBJ Senior Quarterback, Aiden Kahn
The class 4-A program is ranked number 23 in state.
"It's a blessing for those kids to look at themselves in the top 25. Wow. That is something. Now the thing for us is to not only show people we're not only the top 25, but we're better than that," said Willis.
"It's exciting for us because when we've been at LBJ we hear about the glory days back in the 90's. And it's nice that we've kind of progressed or pushed the program forward into these new rankings," said Kahn.
With a top 25 state ranking, the Jaguars are expected to make a deep run in the playoffs. Something they haven't done in a while. In 2007 they made it all the way to the 4A state quarterfinals. Since then they've been knocked out in the first round every year.
"We're ordering some big coats because we plan on playing a little bit later. If that doesn't happen then it's on us. But we plan on playing later on in the year and postseason. That's easy to say. It's not easy to do," said Willis. "The main thing with us is discipline. It's about being a better person, a better student, and a better brother, better son and if we will do all of those things, we feel like everything else will come unto us."