Pigskin Preview: South Bend Clay High School

South Bend Clay High School's football team is getting ready for the season // WSBT 22 photo

There is a familiar face in a new place at South Bend Clay this fall.

Craig Redman takes over the Colonial football program after spending the past five seasons down the street at South Bend Adams.

He looks to turn around a Clay team that has just four wins over the past three years.

"There's going to be a change of philosophy," Redman admits. "But they (players) are really starting to gather around."

The players are already starting to embrace a new coach and a new style.

"It's brought a lot of energy, a lot more energy than last year," senior running back Julian Cavallo says.

"Everybody's hyped up. Everybody's training, even on off days, everybody's still meeting up in training. He (Redman) just brought a lot of energy to this team and it's all positivity."

Redman has a history of turning around programs. He inherited an Adams team in 2011 that was 2-8 the previous year. In 5 seasons, he won 26 games, including an 8-4 campaign last year.

"It's that respect factor: I'm gonna respect them as much as they should respect me," Redman says. "And what I say, I've got to back up and do."

Clay opens up at Marian on August 19th.

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