May 19, 2008

Klein ATH grabs first offer

Klein Collins got its 7-on-7 season underway Saturday at the Cy Falls state qualifying tournament, and although the Tigers didn't make it out of pool play they were just happy to be back on the field.

Spring practice never materialized at Klein Collins because of the death of head coach Mike Konicki on May 2, who passed away after a 17-month battle with colon cancer. According to Collins athlete Malcolm Johnson, the Tigers are just trying to get back into the swing of things and learn the ways of the new coaching staff.

"Our head coach just passed away so we had to get a new coach and we don't have our whole staff in so we couldn't go through spring ball," Johnson said. "We're just trying to learn our new offense and defense and get back to it."

It was Klein Collins' first time back on the football field Saturday, and it showed in their play. Johnson said that his team will be fine as soon as they are able to get more work on the practice field.

"It was fun," Johnson said. "We had some mental breakdowns. We just need to put in some more practices and we'll be fine."

Johnson, however, is seeing his recruitment pick up with a lot of interest coming from major programs. This past week Johnson picked up his first offer from the Big 12 conference when Baylor called him to give him the news that the Bears were offering the 6-foot-2, 210-pound prospect.

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