Aug 6, 2013 5:17 PM by Drew Collins - firstname.lastname@example.org
CORPUS CHRISTI - The Miller Bucs say they put in the necessary work this offseason, and they're determined to make it back to the playoffs.
"We deserve it," linebacker Juan Delgado said. "We worked hard as a team all offseason, this summer we went above and beyond. I think we deserve it."
"We've gotten stronger in the offseason and over the summer," left tackle John Porter said. "Coming into the weight room, lifting weights, getting everybody good, their speed right, all the positions are good and we're getting stronger as a team."
Coach Remy Rodriguez returns seven starters on both sides of the ball. The Bucs posted a 5-6 record a year ago, and advanced to the postseason for the second time in the past three years. Coach Rodriguez thinks they can make it three out of four.
"I really think we can," he said. "We've been fortunate enough to make the playoffs two of the last three years. These kids learned a lot from the past seniors and they want to build off that. These kids expect to win and they expect to make the playoffs."
The Bucs are looking for improvement on defense - as they found themselves in a bunch of high-scoring games last season. Coach Rodriguez thinks the seven returning starters will improve that side of the ball.
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