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Defense shines in first SHSU football spring scrimmage
As expected, the defense was far ahead of the offense, but Sam Houston head coach Willie Fritz saw things he liked on both sides of the line during the Bearkats’ first full-contact scrimmage of 2010 spring drills.
“We did a lot of good things with our organization on the field and we weren’t hurting ourselves with pre-snap penalties and mental mistakes,” Fritz said. “We’re looking more like a ball club. Obviously, the defense is going to be ahead with some of the same coaches back from last year and running the same system. We have new coaches on offense and a new system, so the guys are still getting on track. But we had good effort.”
A35-yard touchdown pass from Bryan Randolph to Richard Sincere was the only scoring in the scrimmage but the defense came up with some turnovers and put a lot of pressure on the quarterback.
“We’ve got good depth at several positions on defense,” Fritz said. “We have six to eight guys in the secondary who can play in the Southland and I’m impressed with our linebackers. We’re a little thin in the defensive line but that’s coming along. Overall, I really like what I see defensively.”
Fritz singled out sophomore safety Kenneth Jenkins, who led the Bearkats in tackles in 2009, and junior linebacker Will Henry as two of the top performers.
“Those two are really coming on,” Fritz said. “We have two more scrimmages to go in spring ball and we look to see a lot of improvement between today and next Saturday’s scrimmage. These kids worked hard during the off-season in the weight room and they’re working hard right now.”
All scrimmages and the Orange-White game at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday April 24 are free and open to the public.
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