Contrary to what the weather might feel like, the Western Illinois football team kicked off its spring season with their first practice, participating in helmet-only workouts.
“I was impressed today with the minimal mental mistakes that we made, especially when you factor in the really tough practice conditions,” said Western Illinois head coach Don Patterson. “I thought the guys did a good job at concentrating through the drills and you saw very few mental mistakes, which is a very good sign. It’s an indications that the coaches have done a good job at preparing the players and the players have been conscientious in learning their assignment and concentrating on any given play.”
The Old Dominion University football team held its first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday and while it appeared to be a stalemate between the offensive and defensive units, a lasting impression was left by walk-on quarterback Dan Pitts.
National championship. New on-campus stadium expected to open in 2010. Eighteen starters returning from a 13-3 team. Name floated as one of the college game’s up-and-coming coaches. What’s not to like about being Mike London?
NATCHITOCHES — Crowd-pleasing big hits and three acrobatic touchdown catches of well-thrown passes from senior quarterback John Hundley were among the highlights Saturday morning as Northwestern State staged its first major scrimmage under new head coach Bradley Dale Peveto.
For four years, Lafayette played some of its best football in the final month of the regular season – it won three in a row in 2007, four in a row in 2006 and three of the last four in 2005 and 2004.
Last fall, the Leopards went in the other direction. A season of promise fell apart down the stretch when they lost three of the last four, including their first since 2003 to arch-rival Lehigh. The final record, a respectable 7-4, had a distinctly unfulfilled feel.
That’s the way it is when the bar has been set as high as coach Frank Tavani and company raised it while establishing Lafayette as a perennial favorite in the Patriot League.
HAMMOND – Brian Babin capped off an efficient spring as he went 30-for-41 for 255 yards and three touchdowns and Chris Wilson caught 13 passes for 107 yards as the Southeastern White team earned a 27-22 win over the Southeastern Green team Saturday afternoon at Strawberry Stadium.
Coastal Carolina finalized its 2009 football schedule on Thursday, utilizing the simplest solution to resolve its scheduling conflict.
Coastal will now travel to Towson on Sept. 19, will host N.C. A&T on Sept. 26 and have its bye on Oct. 3, coach David Bennett said. No other changes were necessary to the schedule Coastal released earlier this month. The conflict was created when N.C. A&T mistakenly double-booked two opponents, Coastal and N.C. Central, for Oct. 3.
Pirates, coach again adjusting.
This week, the Daily Press takes a look at a few spring questions facing local and state football programs. Today, Hampton University.
CONWAY – College football is an ever-evolving entity, where a team’s weakness can become its strength in a matter of months.
Take Coastal Carolina’s secondary as an example. Last fall, the Chants were forced to throw two freshman corners, Josh Norman and Marcus Lott, to the wolves after injuries to senior starters Marrio Norman and Whittmin Reese.
After 57 hard-earned yards, including the only touchdown of the Montana Grizzlies’ first scrimmage of spring drills, Thomas Brooks-Fletcher was looking forward to a few days off.
“I am ready for a break,” said the 210-pound senior, who had 14 full-contact carries Friday inside Washington-Grizzly Stadium. “I’m banged up and ready for a nap.”
Georgia Southern Football battled the wind and a steady rain during Friday afternoon’s (March 27) scrimmage. This was the first afternoon practice the Eagles went through, and is the only scheduled one until the Blue-White game.
The University of Northern Iowa football team’s annual Kick Off Kids Clinic sponsored by Village Inn will be held April 11 from 1-3 p.m. on the turf in the UNI-Dome. The free clinic is available for girls and boys in second grade through eighth grade.
A season-opening trip to Northwestern University highlights the revised version of Towson University’s 2009 football schedule, it has been announced by Director of Athletics Mike Hermann.
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s football team will close out an intense month of workouts on Saturday when it holds its annual Spring Game beginning at noon in Strawberry Stadium.
The scrimmage is open to the public. The final workout of spring practice will feature the Southeastern offense against the Lion defense in four, 15-minute running quarters with the defense being spotted 22 points.