Beyond identifying starters and back-ups, Stoffel said the entire team has used the summer training period to return to the basics.
"Fundamentals - we're going back to the drawing board and that's fundamentals," he said. "Offensively, it's nothing more than our first three steps as offensive linemen. It's running the correct routes and understanding the terminology for receivers. For quarterbacks, it's understanding how to throw the football correctly. Running backs, it's learning how to read. We're going to teach them how to read in our offense.
"On the defensive side of the ball, we're going to learn how to tackle. We have emphasized tackling fundamentals every day of the week we've been here and we've assisted - we're very adamant about changing the attitude of this program and we felt like we came a long way last year, but there's still a long ways to go and we know that as coaches, and we're going to emphasize that on a daily basis."
By stressing the simplest of tactics and strategy this summer, Stoffel said he hopes such things come second nature for the Red Dragons when it counts. Closing games will be key for a 2-8 squad that was tied or led at halftime in seven of its 10 contests last season.
"From there, we have to be able to finish games out and that's something we have to learn how to do this year," Stoffel said.
After an 0-7 start last season, SA won two of its final three contests as the Red Dragons finished with signs of improvement and adapting to the new offensive system.
"Once we got them to understand what we wanted and we taught them our ways and our methods, it finally sunk in with them," Stoffel said, "and we started to have some success."
With greater familiarity and understanding, Stoffel and St. Albans will look to further that success this summer and more importantly come fall.
St. Albans will continue its summer training with a 7-on-7 practice with Capital at Laidley Field at 4 p.m. Thursday.