The result is a renewed energy. "During drills these coaches grind you down, but when you're done for the day, they're like friends or father figures," says junior safety Darrell Brooks. "Well be more willing to put our lives on the line in games." In the meantime, attendance at voluntary summer workouts, which drew a paltry 26 players (of a possible 85) last year, will provide a measuring stick of the Wildcats' want-to. "They've been very sincere about getting better," says Stoops, who is installing a spread attack and more aggressive defensive schemes. "Now we have to put our new systems together so we can win some games."