"Our goal is not only to get the basics of our system down, but we're going to be in competition mode every day. These kids are going to be fighting for spots and playing time every day."
Although he served as the Highlanders' passing game coordinator last season, Freeman doesn't expect Riverside to become a pass happy program.
"We'll really try to be balanced offensively," Freeman said. "I like to call our offense a pro-style offense. We're going to be balanced and we're going to use some of the concepts that they use on Saturday and Sundays. You'll see us in a tight set with multiple tight ends, and you may see us in a multiple wide receiver set and anything in between.
"You get a lot of different looks defensively in our conference. Every week defenses are going to try to design ways to stop you and our offensive goal is to be flexible with what we do in order to exploit what the defense is giving us.
"We want to be able to put our athletes in position to make plays for us."
After off-season discussions with both Riverside coaches and players, Freeman doesn't expect much of a learning curve when it comes to picking up the nuances of the new offense.
"I've talked to some of the holdover coaches from the previous staff and I've talked to some of the kids about the things we hope to do," Freeman said. "For the most part they said our offensive is a little simpler with regard to terminology in the past.
"I think they'll pick it up pretty quick."
Contact sportswriter Michael Dailey at mike.dai...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1735.