LEMONT – Casey O'Brien is one of four seniors that returns on the offensive line this fall for Lemont, a group that also includes Nathan Palermo, Robert When and Dan King. They will be asked to do more pass blocking this season as new head coach Bret Kooi introduces a spread offense to the Indians. O'Brien spoke with Suburban Life sports reporter Scott Schmid about the Indians' new coach, the offseason and how things are shaping up for the offense and defense.
Schmid: How has the transition gone with a new coach coming in?
O'Brien: It has been really smooth. The practices are very up-tempo and we are getting a lot of reps in. We are working hard.
Schmid: Was it a productive offseason?
O'Brien: We worked our tails off. We worked as hard as we could, we knew we couldn't have another season like last year.
Schmid: What have you seen so far from the offense?
O'Brien: With our returning wide receivers, it looks amazing. The spread offense really helps us with the players we have on offense.
Schmid: Going against them everyday, what stands out to you about the defense?
O'Brien: They are very tough and physical and they always want to hit hard. They never stop until they hear the whistle, which is a great thing.
Schmid: Is making it back to the playoffs the main goal or are you guys not even thinking about that right now?
O'Brien: We just want to try to win on every Friday night. And if we keep winning and working hard, hopefully we can make it all the way.
Schmid: How important is it for you guys to get off to a fast start?
O'Brien: It is extremely important. If you start out with a couple of wins, you get your confidence.
WEEK 1 MATCHUP
Who: Lemont at Plainfield South
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: 7800 W. Caton Farm Road, Plainfield
2013 records: Lemont 3-6; Plainfield South 6-4
Outlook: The Bret Kooi era at Lemont officially starts with a non-conference road game. Kooi, who had incredible success while at Lockport, inherits a team that dealt with youth and injuries last fall while falling short of the postseason for the first time in a decade.