"It's difficult, but you've got to learn," senior running back LeAaron Hicks said. "You've got to sit down and talk to him. You've got to go on."
Following Derek Wilson's removal, Ron Musser takes over as Plattsburg head coach and athletic director after one season with Mid-Buchanan. He led the senior-laden Dragons to a number one seed in Class 1, District 7.
"I didn't take this job to win three or five years down the road," he said. "I took this job to win this year. They've got some outstanding potential and we've just got to develop that and change the attitude and environment."
A former staple at East Buchanan, the coach has long been familiar with the Tigers from afar and knows the situation he's inheriting this year.
"I remember them being big and physical. They were run-oriented, but we're going to try and mix it up more and do some different things to try to at least make people prepare for us."
That desire for variety won't stop Musser from calling Hicks' number. The largest running back in the conference has been the engine for the Tigers' scoring attack and can be an effective pass catcher too.
"We're going to be a lot more versatile and not just run the ball," he said. "We'll catch people off guard."
Plattsburg opens the 2014 season at Cameron on August 22.