Brandon Vigil was nervous for his interview, then he was asked to leave the room for five more minutes.
"They told me they needed to talk about me first," said the Moffat County junior. "It made me even more nervous and made me think about what they could say about me."
Vigil was the first one to interview for a position on the 2005 football team's leadership council, a process unique to the Bulldog football team.
"We want to give them a real-life experience," coach Kip Hafey said. "From what we can tell, it's something they really want to be a part of."
For the third consecutive year, seniors-to-be submitted a resume to the Bulldog coaching staff and went through an interview with the staff to become a part of the council.
The resume requirements include leadership skills, community service, leadership ability, off-season commitment and academic and athletic skills.
"It's the first time I've written a resume or done an interview," Jason Kawcak said. "The interview was the hardest part."
Seven football players took the challenge this year. All seven made the leadership council. It was the first time everybody was accepted.
"They were all well prepared," coach Hafey said. "I think each year the process has developed."
Prepared or not, the questions they were asked by coaches weren't easy.
"Some of the questions caught me off guard," Justin Kaw--cak said.
"They asked a lot about game situations and how we would handle them as captains."
The interviewees also said they were asked about how to deal with teammates and ideas they had for next year.
In its third year, the leadership council has become a more integral part of the team according to the players.
"(The council) is gaining strength," Kevin Loughran said. "It's a lot about respect from the team."
The juniors know that, to have the respect of their peers, they'll need to earn it in the off-season first.
"How do you ask for respect when you don't work?" Vigil said.
The whole process has made the guys more anxious for next year.
"It keeps us thinking about the season and football in general," Justin Kawcak said.
"We now know it's our time to step up," Loughran said. "It's our team."
Several seniors graduated from one of the most physical football teams in Moffat County history. Next year's seniors know that their success will come in other ways.
"We won't be as big," Jason Kawcak said. "But there is talent and speed."
The council hasn't met to discuss plans, but its members said they had been talking about ideas in smaller groups.
In May, the team will have some workouts and host a camp.
That is when the council will start its official work. Until then, the members who aren't in a spring sport will be leaders in the weight room.
The council is separated into captains and lieutenant captains. Captains are Derek Duran, Daniel Cramblett, Jason Kaw-cak and Loughran.
The lieutenants are Justin Kawcak, Vigil and Peter Bac-ich.
David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.