Drew Akins Looking to Turn Around Walker Valley Football Team

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We kick off our 30-in-30 series previewing 30 high school football teams in 30-days.
We start with Walker Valley, who has a new head coach in Drew Akins.

Akins is taking over a team that has one win in it’s last two years, but Akins says the overall program still feels like a winner.
Said Akins:”They have so much stuff in place. Great field house. Great booster club. Great administration and a great county. They just want to see success out of this program.”
And the players think Akins can deliver that success.
Said quarterback Griffin Broome:”We have a sense of like command. Finally. He’s leading us on the right path, and we’re ready for the season.”
Said linebacker Kellar Carson:”It is definitely a new energy. I guess you could say it’s like a car with a twin turbo. You get in that car and put it in first gear, and you just slam on that gas, and it just goes whhaaaa. It’s just wide open. We love him. Absolutely.”
Boogity. Boogity Boogity. Let’s go football boys.
Said Akins:”We have 80 players out right now. That’s not the case at a lot of programs with the past few years that we’ve had.”
The Mustangs issues have been on defense.
Last year, they gave up 40 or more points in every game but one.
Said Akins:”We got a new defensive coordinator with Taylor Harvey. He’s coming to us from Sequatchie County. We played that team over the past two years during my time at Red Bank, and he held us to the lowest point total for two straight years.”
And a good defense could help erase a lot of doubt.
Said Akins:”We have a sign that we are going to put up that says believe on it. It’s very similar to what Dabo Swinney carried around for years at Clemson. It took years and years, and now you see what has happened at Clemson. They have a belief that they are going to win the ballgame. So we have stolen a lot of things just to make sure that we understand we have to believe we can do this before it’s ever going to come to fruition.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.