REED CITY — Jackson Miller has made some key contributions for the Reed City football team in his previous varsity seasons and is anxious to do so again this fall.

Miller and the Coyotes completed a week-long set of camps and workouts last week as they entered a down period for the next several days.

Practices officially start on Sunday for the reigning district champs and six-time defending Central State Activities Association champions. He’s earned all-conference honors in last year.

Miller has been at guard the last two seasons, but is moving to tackle this year from a coach’s decision.

“I’ll probably see more one-on-one with people,” he said. “I’ll see different assignments. Both (guard and tackle) are demanding.”

The Coyotes have gone 9-0 the last two regular seasons. The Coyotes lost in the regional final to Menominee but had two wins over Chippewa Hills, which lifted them to league and district titles.

It’s been a busy summer for Miller.

“I always do the extra stuff,” he said, pointing to conditioning workouts, plus the Gladiator program where he and his teammates lift tires.

Last week, the team dealt more with focusing on systems and plays, without shoulder pads, but with helmets.

Weightlifting continues this week.

“I’ve been weightlifting all summer,” Miller said.

The Coyotes hope to be strong again.

“Our offensive and defensive linemen are all coming back,” Miller said.

But once again, the target will be on the defending champions’ backs.

“They’re always out to get us,” Miller said.