Reed City football players begin grueling workouts REED CITY \u2014 Monty Price realizes how important summer workouts have been to the success of the Reed City football program. But considering the veteran Coyote gridiron skipper is recovering from recent neck surgery, he\u2019s also limiting his role as the recuperation process coincides with preparation for the 2012 football season. Summer workouts started in early June and Price, sitting in a chair alongside the Coyote practice field on Sunday, was taking care of himself physically while watching high school players work to getting in shape. \u201cWe call it gladiator training, a little different approach to strength training,\u201d Price said. \u201cIt gets them out of the weight room. It\u2019s something fresh and something new. It\u2019s fun and exciting, a little different approach to attacking the body.\u201d Workouts are being conducted three days a week. \u201cThis is our Sunday workout,\u201d Price said. \u201cTuesdays and Thursday are traditional weight room stuff, trying to complement each other.\u201d The Sunday workouts included having players move huge tractor tires in various ways. \u201cThis is a bear, it\u2019s a tough workout,\u201d Price said. \u201cWe\u2019re having a great summer, I can tell you that. We have a great turnout this summer. The kids seem really committed. We\u2019re trying to build on that (2011) undefeated (regular) season and letting them know it didn\u2019t happen by chance. \u201cWe\u2019re pulling tires, we\u2019re flipping tires, we\u2019re playing tug-o-war and pulling them up the hill working on their upper strength too.\u201d The tires weigh anywhere from 80 to 1110 pounds, Price indicated. The team\u2019s blocking camp will start on June 25. \u201cWe run about 10 sessions through June and July,\u201d Price said. \u201cWe\u2019ll have five day skills camp (In late July). We\u2019ll do five or six 7-on-7\u2019s (passing camps) throughout July as well. We\u2019ll keep busy. \u201cOur blocking camp is simple, everyone in our offense has to block, even our quarterbacks. We teach them basic blocking.\u201d The 7-on-7s are at Cadillac, Lake City and Beal City between July 8 and July 28. \u201cThe kids are working hard and trying to juggle in their other sports, but it\u2019s working very well,\u201d Price said. \u201cIt\u2019s early, but so far, this is probably the best attendance we\u2019ve had in 12 to 13 years.\u201d Price, also Reed City\u2019s athletic director, noted that he endured a situation physically, with vertebrae and disc-related problems \u201cpushing on my spinal cord and causing changes in it, giving me all kinds of symptoms in my arms and legs,\u201d a circumstance that had been happening within the last year. As his neck situation improves, Price is figuring on wearing the neck brace for about six weeks, which would be just shortly before the start of formal practices in August.