Union football adjusting to new head coach Jordan Wren

Union defensive lineman practice drills during summer workouts
Union defensive lineman practice drills during summer workouts(WTOK Sports)
Published: Jun. 20, 2020 at 11:22 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Union Yellowjackets were buzzing with energy out on the football field Thursday as the team finished up its third week of summer workouts.

New head coach Jordan Wren and staff were able to implement the football during practices this week since the team completed the MHSAA’s 14-day acclimatization period. Coach Wren said his players have been showing up to practices every day ready to work but this weeks practices felt different that previous

“The energy level got better this week because we were able to get the football out. The energy was good the first two weeks and but I think this week they kind of ramped it up a little bit,” Wren said. “I think they feel like it’s getting closer...the football came out, balls were flying and that football coming out kind of juiced them up a little bit.”

Wren shared how being able to use the ball gave him the opportunity to really assess where the team’s quarterbacks and receivers are, which is crucial for the new head coach.

He also shared how finally getting to practice with his new team over the past three weeks has helped with get to know the players better on a personal level.

“It’s been awesome...I think the biggest thing we talked about was building relationships and I’ve been able to get to know these kids a little bit better,” Wren explained. “I’ve been able to learn which ones I can push and then which ones I need to come pat on the back and talk to a little more. Just learning them these past three weeks has been significant for our staff.”

Coming from 4A West Lauderdale, and 6A Olive Branch prior, Wren is used to having a high number of guys to use on the football field. With Union being a 2A school, Wren shared that he’s been impressed by how many kids have come out for practices with Union being a smaller school.

“Being a 2A school, I definitely was not expecting 60 kids here,” Wren shared. “But we have some good athletes and right now, we have not have too many kids playing both ways which at the 2A level, that’s big.”

The Yellowjackets finished the 2019 season with a 6-5 record and first round playoff loss to eventual state champion Taylorsville.

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