It was only two wins, but it was enough to feel a shift in the tides for Patrick County's football program last season.

Since David Morrison took over, the Cougars have really tried to rebuild the culture over the past two seasons. Now entering year three, Morrison is starting to see the changes happening.

"It's been a work in progress for a couple years now. The energy's just been building. It's still building up," he said at 7-on7s Tuesday.

That energy starts with the players who have been with the program in the previous couple of years. Those players are using this offseason to become the new leaders for the Cougars.

"We've got a lot of our older guys who are starting to come into their own," Morrison said. "They're going to be stepping into leadership roles and that's going to be really big for us going forward."

And that leadership isn't completely on the field, but also in recruiting players who had never thought to play football to come out and work out this offseason and join the team going forward.

"I think some of the guys that typically might not come out and play football for us are starting to come out," Morrison said. "We're starting to see more of those guys."

The roster has been growing. That's a start, but Morrison has spent all offseason trying to make sure that each player is growing stronger and working hard in the weight room.

"Our main focus for the summer is always going to be getting bigger and faster and taking all that bulk that we tried to build up from January to May and try to convert it to football muscle, try to dial up the intensity, be more explosive," he said. "(And we're) really trying to work with some of these young guys on how to play the game."

Morrison's philosophy has always been that every job is up for grabs. Those jobs can't be won during summer workouts, but this is the time where players can get a head start in potentially earning a starting job.

"It's going to be a battle for us. Nobody's going to have a starting job. Week-to-week it's going to be the best man is going to play. So right now it's really important for our guys to understand what we're asking them to do, to learn the scheme," he said. "The guy who knows his job the best is going to be the guy who gets the best shot, so I think moving forward we've got a lot of guys right now that I think can step into those roles. We just have to wait and see."

Chris Doherty is a Sports Reporter for the Martinsville Bulletin. Contact him 276-638-8801 ext. 215. Follow on Twitter @BulletinSport

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