Kickers, that is, for the Idaho State Bengals in spring ball.
POCATELLO - With wind whipping across the south field outside Holt Arena, Jon Vanderwielen and Mike Ramos camped out by a nearby brick building.
There they performed seemingly innocuous tasks: stretching, shadow kicking and bouncing footballs against the peach brick. Nothing out of character for special teams’ players, certainly.
What made the scene unusual was that the pair was alone - really alone.
“There were five of us last year, and we all had a good time,” said Ramos, now a senior. “It’s me and Vanderwielen now, but it’s all right.”
It means both are in line for starting jobs with this fall’s Idaho State football team.
QB Casey Printers, former standout for Florida A&M, now electrifies crowds for the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the CFL.
The new face of the Hamilton Tiger-Cat franchise has filled soup bowls for the poor, built houses for the homeless, phoned season-ticket subscribers and yesterday drove the lane to score points in a charity basketball game.
Actually scoring points is what Casey and his sunshine band of Ticat promotional, media and community staff have been doing a lot of.
During and after a Cops and Cats charity basketball tilt yesterday against the Hillfield-Strathallan Trojans, quarterback Casey Printers was mobbed by throngs of smiling school kids.
Bryan Waggener knows that whether you’re at the University of Florida or the University of Northern Colorado, spring football is not kind to quarterbacks.
The Bears’ new signal caller was elevated to the No. 1 spot on the depth chart this week, but he struggled like the rest of the Bears quarterbacks in the first scrimmage of the spring Friday at the Butler-Hancock practice fields.
OGDEN — Trevyn Smith was an interested observer and that was all. Marcus Mailei, likewise, added little more than verbal support to his team.
Eric Lee, on the other hand, was breaking tackles, punishing linebackers and making sure he didn’t go unnoticed amid Weber State’s All-Big Sky backfield.
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Georgetown University senior football player Brent Craft (Jupiter, Fla./The Benjamin School) will continue to live the dream. Soon after he graduates from school in May, Craft will begin his professional career playing on the gridiron.
On the eve of his team’s second scrimmage of the spring, South Carolina State head coach Oliver “Buddy” Pough had a little to smile about Friday night.
Of course, he had a little to frown about to.
“It was a pretty good day by the defense,” Pough said.
But, a good day for the defense often means a bad day for the offense.
“The offense was a little bit ugly,” he said with a sigh.
Wiliamsburg, Va. - The William and Mary football team will wrap up its spring practice season with the annual Green and Gold Game at Zable Stadium on Saturday, April 12. Kickoff for the contest is scheduled to be at 1:30 p.m. The event is open to the public and admission is free.
With just four spring practices remaining, Head Coach Jimmye Laycock recently sat down for a series of interviews about the new Laycock Football Center as well as the Tribe’s off-season progression.
For UNC transfer Tony Kolone, football is in the blood
There is only one thing larger than the Tony Kolone’s passion for football – his love for his family.
Kolone, a defensive tackle for the University of Northern Colorado, has four brothers who all play the sport. It is a bond they all share, but it is only a part of what makes them such a tight-knit clan.
Even when they are thousands of miles apart, they talk nearly every day to each other on the phone.
Sophomore QB’s hard-won experience a plus for MSU.
In January, Missouri State football coach Terry Allen drove past the snow-covered practice field and saw six or seven young men working on pass patterns.
The impromptu gathering was coordinated by quarterback Cody Kirby, which came as no surprise to Allen.
“He is a natural leader, but he doesn’t ask players to do anything he wouldn’t do himself,” Allen said. “He goes the extra mile.”
POCATELLO - Nick Tranmer’s spinal injury set him back months, but competitively it was probably the best thing for his winter conditioning team.
With the sophomore center, Tranmer estimates his team won about half the team-on-team drills. Without him, linebacker JT Albers, safety Keith Goins Jr. and wideout Jaron Taylor dominated. “When I got hurt they started winning because it was straight up fast people against fat dudes,” the Highland graduate joked Thursday.
New Southern Illinois head football coach Dale Lennon is about halfway through his first spring practice with the Salukis. He’s impressed with the athletic ability of his players and the work ethic of his team.
He should also be impressed with the plans for a new football stadium. The Carbondale City Council approved a half-cent sales tax increase that will provide $20 million to the “Saluki Way” project over a 20-year period.
For the third time in his North Dakota State football career, playmaker Shamen Washington suffered a right knee injury. Only this one is most likely not as serious as the last one.
Washington suffered an apparent meniscus tear at practice Thursday morning. The exact nature of the injury won’t be known until he is examined by an NDSU team physician. He is expected to undergo surgery today.
San Marcos — As the Texas State football team prepares for its scrimmage today, head coach Brad Wright has been pleased with the Bobcats offensive execution and improvement on defense in their second week.
Texas State will hold its second scrimmage of the spring at 4 p.m. today at Bobcat Stadium before concluding its final week of spring practice April 7-12.
Although standout quarterback Josh Johnson completed his USD football career last season, the Toreros do have their starting signal caller back from last year’s season opener.
When he’s healthy again, that is.
Redshirt junior Andrew Rolin, who started when Johnson served a one-game suspension last season, has been sidelined for the duration of spring practice because of a stress fracture in his lower back sustained on the first day of drills.
The Florida A & M football team has officially begun its first scrimmages and is preparing for the season ahead. Last season, the team endured a rocky year with only three wins and eight losses.
To avoid the same fate, this year’s team has been equipped with a new head coach and seems to agree that organization has become a key ingredient to its pursuit for success. Saturday was the first day of scrimmages and the football team looked to have gotten off to a great start.