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Huntington's versatile, eager youth softens the blow of graduating 26 seniors

HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) -

With all the rain pouring down in East Texas this week, it hasn’t stopped Huntington from getting to work but it has changed their venue for practice. The Red Devils traded out their cleats for running shoes on Tuesday and held practice in their basketball gym.

After graduating 26 seniors, the Huntington Red Devils are coming off one of their most historic seasons in recent years. They have a young crop eager to get to work in rebranding themselves.

Huntington enters the 2016 season with just four starters returning. The biggest blow to the team was the graduation of Jeremiah Robertson. The former running back rushed for over 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Robertson might be gone but their heavy run game is there to stay.

Head coach Brian Gandy is pleased so far with how the younger players are stepping up and feels they're going to be more balanced in their approach.

“Our overall team, I'm impressed with. I was pleased after our first scrimmage and we won't be near as one sided as we were with Jeremiah who obviously carried the ball and carried us,” said Gandy.

“We want to change what people say about us. Many say nonchalantly ‘It's just Huntington. We got Huntington this week.’ We want them to say ‘Oh crap, we got Huntington this week.’ That's what we're trying change is everyone’s mentality,” said returning quarterback Brinden Stephens.

The Red Devils will also be rebuilding a completely new offensive line, but Gandy said there will be more depth in their run game with at least six different running backs to chose from.

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