ALBANY, LA (WAFB) - Local schools have been cranking up some serious 7-on-7 competition and the Albany Hornets is among the teams doing it to prepare for the 2016 season.
Albany head coach Blaine Westmoreland is only missing four seniors off last year's 5-5 team, although the Hornets finished on a four-game losing skid after starting 5-1.
However, with four-year starter Skylier Lehmann returning at quarterback and plenty of guys to target, they are optimistic he can spread the ball around.
"You know we lost a center and wide receiver and an outside linebacker, and outside of that we return everybody else," Westmoreland said.
"We're a very mature team. We know the offense and know the defense," said senior Cheyenne Labruzza.
Lehmann has been sharpening his skills with the 7-on-7 sessions, while Labruzza is a cornerback who also plays a pass-catching running back. The two seniors are focused on a winning senior year.
"It's about competition and competing you know, but that's not good enough. But we're looking to win and we're looking to win now," Westmoreland said.
Labruzza, who has committed to Tennessee, said he has been told he is the first Hornets football player to accept a scholarship offer from a D1 power-fiver conference school. Local favorite LSU was showing interest before he made an April visit to Knoxville that made up his mind.
"Their defensive coordinator and their DB's coach likes me a lot," Labruzza said. "I wanted to go where I was celebrated and not tolerated you know. That's not to knock the other schools or anything, but you want to go where you're wanted the most and you see your best fit and you see the best opportunity for you within the next four to five years of your life."
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