Loudon High School's football team will face two big changes when it takes the field in the fall.
The Redskins will play in a district 5-AA rather than district 4-AA, and they will play as a class 4A team rather than a 5A team.
Head coach Jeff Harig is hoping a new motto, TED, helps his team prepare for the changes.
"T stands for toughness, E stands for effort and D stands for discipline," he said. "We're just trying to develop those core principles of our program so they carry over to the next year."
The team's new motto will also be a major part of replacing what was a senior-heavy group of lineman from last season's team.
"That's our big emphasis," Harig said. "We know what we have in our skill department, but we're trying to find some depth and it goes back to the word TED.
"Can we find five guys that will play with that kind of toughness, effort and discipline that we're looking for? We've got six or seven we like, then there's two or three others that are kind of right on the outside," he said. "We've got seven, eight, nine guys we're looking at trying to fill those roles."
In terms of skill positions, the Redskins believe they're in a good place, but depth can be a concern. Injuries in the offensive backfield led the Redskins to shift personnel several times in the 2012 season.
"If we can stay injury free we like our skill players," Harig said. "But any injury can really change our plan. Building that depth here this spring of potential players that might have to fill those roles if somebody goes down, that's another emphasis."
For now, the biggest focus is simply rising to the values the coaching staff is working to put in place this spring.
"Our kids are giving great effort," he said. "We've always played with effort. We're struggling right now in the toughness and discipline. The discipline aspect is doing what you're supposed to do when you're asked to do it — your assignments on things. We've got a ways to go in that regard."
Loudon will get a strong test to end spring practice when it travels to Farragut for a Friday scrimmage.
"We've got Farragut now, Jefferson County and McMinn County in the fall," Harig said. "We're trying to schedule up a little bit and take our program to that 4A level."