FOOTBALL: Thursday practice notes

Just got back from Western’s last regular football practice of the spring, and the mood was upbeat before Saturday’s annual Red-White Spring Game.

The team actually finished practice a little early because Head Coach Willie Taggart said the players “just did things right today.”

“Both sides of the ball were making plays,” Taggart said. “Offensively, defensively, and I don’t think we had any dropped balls.”

Taggart also revealed the new format for the Spring Game. The first half will just be a set amount of plays, while the second half will be on a running clock until the final two minutes.

He also said that while several players received awards after the Spring Game in the past, only one person would get that honor this year.

“I want someone to be the MVP,” Taggart said. “We’ve got one trophy. I think before we had a lot of trophies around here, but we’re not doing that. Only one guy’s going to get it.”

Taggart said he’ll do his best to be a neutral observer on the sidelines during the games, but that he won’t have any problem stepping in to correct mistakes he sees. He said he knows that Saturday will be the first chance for many fans to see the new operation and he wants them to leave impressed.

“You only get one time to make a first impression,” Taggart said. “There’s an opportunity to show them that we’re different from last year, so we’re going to go out and play our best ball game.”

The Red-White game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and is open to the public.

-Zach Greenwell

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