Some developmental football teams only function for half of a calendar year – the season and the few months leading up to it, but the good ones typically roll operations of some form year round. After being knocked out of Developmental Central Football League playoffs earlier than expected in 2017, the Muskogee Bulldawgs are already focused on next year.
“We were predicted to win it all and I thought we would win it all,” Bulldawgs owner and head coach Chris Logan told Developmental Football USA.
“We plan on being as good or even better than we were last season,” Logan said. “Our goal is the championship, I think we can get it. We really didn’t start falling out until the last few games of the season. I think the problem was conditioning that’s why we’re starting earlier this year.”
At the beginning of the month, the Bulldawgs hosted their first tryouts for next year and welcomed some promising new additions to help them achieve their 2018 goals.
“Right now, we’re pretty much keeping our core group,” Logan said. “We have a lot of prospects coming out, a lot of new recruits coming out. Our downfall last season was that our offensive line was pretty small, so we’re looking to beef it up a bit and get more Bacone guys coming out.”
Bacone has been pretty good to the Bulldawgs, with some of their standouts bringing over previous experience with the Warriors.
“My No. 1 wide receiver was Everett Davis,” Logan said. “He played college ball at Bacone. He’s an outside receiver. He’s not the fastest receiver, but he runs routes perfect and he knows how to get open.
“My leader on defense would be Robert Roberson, who plays defensive end and linebacker. He’s a verbal leader, a morale builder. He knows his position and he knows everybody else’s position and gets the defense where they need to be. He played at Bacone College, too.”
Joining Roberson on defense is former Muskogee High School and Langston defensive end James Tolbert.
“He was my speed rusher,” Logan said. “He averaged 2 ½ to three sacks per game.”
“He’s not a traditional quarterback,” Logan said. “He’s a quarterback, slash running back, slash everything. He’ll stand in the pocket, but he’ll also take off and run on you. He’s hard to bring down. He’s a big quarterback, kind of a Ben Roethlisberger. I think he led the team in both passing yards and rushing yards. He’s about 6-foot, 220 pounds.”
With about half of a year to prepare for next season, the Muskogee still has plenty of time to make more strides.
“We are looking to expand the program and grow in the community,” Logan said. “We’re looking to do more advertising and we plan on doing our games livestream. The coaching staff is better this year and everything is looking positive.”