Before Glen Ryan took over Walker Valley last year, the Mustangs were 3-27 in their previous three seasons. But in 2012, Ryan guided the Mustangs to a 5-5 record before a first round playoff loss. Said linebacker Chandler Hunt,"He definitely brought a lot of intensity. He picked it up in practice. He just changed our whole outlook on how we approach practice and games. He changed the whole mood in the locker room." Said Ryan,"It was a good building block, but by no means are we satisfied with 5-5. We want to get our program up where it's mentioned with all the top programs in our district."
To be a top program in Class 5-A football, you need a large group of players, and it appears the Mustangs are getting there. Said Ryan,"We have 90 players out right now. Now 50 of those are freshmen, so we're very young. Very young group. We only have nine seniors on the team right now."
Reporter-"How do you sleep with 50 freshmen?" Ryan chuckled,"It's very, very hard to do."
Reporter-"Is it fun having 50 freshmen on the field?" Said Hunt,"It sort of is. Sometimes it gets a little overbearing." Added receiver Colton Morrow,"By default, the seniors and juniors or upperclassmen are the coaches for the upcoming freshmen. Making sure they're learning everything and know everything because the coaches can't teach that many kids at the same time."
While the Mustangs will be young, Coach Ryan believes they have some play-makers. "I feel we have real good depth in our skill positions. My biggest concern is our offensive and defensive line. That's where we do not have a lot of depth, and we have to stay healthy there."