2019 FOX 7 Football Field Trip: Manor

The Manor Mustangs have a future Longhorn, a Texas Tech commit and a current trend of making the playoffs.

At a recent practice it looks like the team was getting ready for a track meet. But that wasn't the case.

Manor High School head football coach Jimmie Mitchell says, "We need to get ourselves in shape."

Senior running back Tahj Brooks says "We've been doing more conditioning. Conditioning is really hard but we keep up with it."

Brooks is headed to Texas Tech and defensive end Princely Umanmielen, a University of Texas commit, are both reasons the Mustangs feel like this is definitely their year.

Senior offensive lineman Justin Pierson says, "We're definitely gonna make a lot of noise. We're gonna win district and going on to state. All the way."

Umanmielen agrees. "Last season I know we had potential. But this season. You know it's actually the third season with this coaching staff. So I think we can do big things this season."

With all the talent on both side of the ball, Manor expects to contend for not just the district championship but also make the playoffs for the third year in a row. That's something that has happened in nearly three decades.

Coach Mitchell says, "...we got a lot of work to do to get to where we want to go and do the things we want to do this year. So we got a lot of work and we need to keep our mind on that."

Thomas Jones and Rick Cantu with the Austin American-Statesman share their thoughts on what they expect from Manor this season.