Two-a -Day Tour: Van Vandals

By: Coleman Swierc - email

VAN, TX (KLTV) - The Vandals Vandals aren't lacking any confidence.

"It is going to happen in Vandal land," said a confident Tye Hughes.

A brand new stadium, and a big year in '08, have the Vandals expecting big results.

"I was amazed that it was ours," said quarterback Tyler Sharpe, speaking about the new Vandal stadium, "it is incredible to think that we are blessed enough to get something like that."

But with all the new-school toys they is the old school conditioning that really gets them going, they call it, the "County Fair."

"We have been doing it for a long time," said head coach Brady Pennington, "I have been here for 22 years in Van, so it has been a part of what we do for a long time."

"It is not fun, intense, but not fun," said Hughes.

The concept is simple, four stations, four drills under time, and a whole lot of work, work made easier for some, as many Vandal players took part in APEC training in the off-season to build their bodies.

For those that didn't, it was obvious.

"Kids that did not go, they are looking at us after we did that county fair, and they are like dang, I should have gone," said running back Michael Terry, "and so they are going to try and feed off of us, cause we are going to be excited about it, so I think it is a good all around thing."

"It has been alot easier this summer than it was last summer," added Sharpe.

So a combination of old-school training, with new school techniques, have the Vandals thinking big, nothing new in Vandal country.

"We put great pressure on ourselves, and our coaches put pressure on us, so outside pressure is not nothing compared to what we have," said Sharpe.

"The expectations are what they are, and we are expected to win and be in the playoffs and we are going to do everything we can to keep that tradition alive."