Published in the Evansville Courier and Press, August 2, 2017
Kyran Husk and the Bosse High School football team have set realistic goals for the upcoming season.
There is nowhere to go but up following an 0-10 record last fall. That kind of year can be demoralizing and set the tone for the foreseeable future if unaddressed. Thus, there needed to be a culture change before the Bulldogs concerned themselves with wins and losses.
What better time to start than this past offseason? Along with a few new transfers, all but three players with significant varsity experience returned this year for Monday’s first official practice at Enlow Field.
Husk, a junior who played virtually every down last season, is helping lead the rebuilding process.
“Something we say is ‘Push the rock’,” he said. “We start with a rock at the bottom of a hill. Everything we do needs to be pushing it closer to the top so we can finally start getting our feet under us. Everything we do needs to build up toward making ourselves better. We’re not talking about a perfect season or any number of wins but just improving every day.”
Husk is pushing the rock. He’s a leader by example and a straight ‘A’ student who plays three sports at Bosse with basketball and baseball being the other two.
Last year, the 6-foot-2 and 230-pound Evansville native was the starting offensive tackle, defensive end and long-snapper on special teams. That’s likely more than 1,000 plays Husk was on the field; the majority of which the Bulldogs struggled to compete.
Yet, he isn’t giving up. Third-year Bosse head coach Eric Schnur has been pleased by the overall response.
“Our demeanor this summer has been different,” he said. “Our attendance has been up. We had 40-plus every day. The number of guys out here (Monday) is better than last year. Everything is different right now.”
The Bulldogs spent a weekend in July at the National Guard Armory. They ran more than 10 miles in two days during what Schnur described as a small-scale boot camp filled with obstacle courses and other teamwork-building exercises.
“We were pushing ourselves to the point of break,” said Schnur, a 2002 Boonville High graduate. “We needed it so we can find out what it means to lean on the person next to us.”
Better yet, Husk said, it’s translated to workouts and practices.
“It brought us together more as a brotherhood instead of having separate friend-groups,” said Husk, who recorded 40 tackles and 5.5 for loss as a sophomore. “It really helped us as a whole to work on becoming more disciplined.
“This offseason compared to my freshman and sophomore years have been completely different.”
Husk aspires of attending a military school in college. He enjoyed the structure at the Armory ‘boot camp’ and may have a meeting with a recruiter from West Point in hopes of also playing football at Army.