BY HENRY MILLER
(EDCOUCH) – Bradley Chavez has some expectations for the spring football season.
The doesn’t mean that this first practice session between the first year head coach and his future gridiron Yellow Jackets is by any means a first-time communication between each other – or first-time evaluation.
“I tell them every day that they are being evaluated, that they way they represent themselves are not only on the field but in the classroom and in the community,” Chavez said Monday, prior to the first day of spring practice. “Their evaluations began in January and they continue all year long – just like their commitment to Edcouch-Elsa football has to be all year long.”
Specifically for the spring practice, Chavez said he’s looking first and foremost to not have any major injuries. The other is to see who is going to step up and deal with pressure.
“We will apply pressure to both sides of the ball. We want to raise the expectations as a person, as a teammate, as a young academic student,” Chavez said. “We want to raise that bar – it has not been set high and we need to be getting them ready for Friday nights – we know we are making leaps and bounds already but want to continue to grow.”
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Chavez was a standout wide receiver at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. At UAB, Chavez appeared in 32 games and collected 51 receptions for 974 yards and three touchdowns in 2002 and 2003.
Chavez graduated in 2005 with a major in sociology and a minor in health education and then earned his master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance from TAMUK in 2015.
Upon graduating from UAB, Chavez signed as a free agent the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League.
Commitment, discipline and direction seem to be two of Chavez’s constant theme with the Yellow Jackets, both on and off the field.
“There’s a constant commitment when it comes to be a student athlete. Sure they know how to win here but there are some many things that are overlooking. Doing the right thing in school, spills over to the field,” he said. “We need commitments off the field as well. There hasn’t been a whole lot expectation in the past – just show up, win, be the talk of the town and when the season is over, go do whatever.
“Being committed now in this program means a process all year – a commitment to teammates, academics, and school, all of it.”
Chavez added that one of the first things they are working on is having perfect attendance – at practice and in the classroom.
“We’ve cut our numbers is half as far as how many are missing,” he said. “The kids actually love it and many of them said that the biggest thing lacking was commitment.
“Ninety-five percent of them are open to it. We want to teach them the process, about being disciplines – the old school ways of how to shake hands and how to look someone in the eye when you’re talking with them. It’s kind of old school, but we can mix some new school things in as well as we go along.”