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Opening thoughts on Western spring football

Four quarterbacks took the field today with each of them getting about the same amount of snaps. They all took part in the numerous quarterback drills, as well as the offensive vs. defense drills in the end. They all performed well, each of them making some bad passes countered with some good ones. Coach Elson said he noticed the play of senior Brandon Smith and redshirt freshman Kawaun Jakes over the rest. Smith appeared to perform better in goal-line situations, especially in fade route passes.

The offense began its transition of lining the quarterback underneath the center today. In the past, Western’s QB was lined up in the shotgun, which made it difficult for the team to execute in goal-line situations.

The overall intensity and emotion for the team appears to be high. In offensive vs. defensive drills, they are always very competitive and spirited. Players cheered for their side and applauded for big plays. When the offense won an early drill, there was a short celebration with their side. There seems to be a good vibe going with the team, and it will be interesting to see how it is towards the end of spring practice.

More on spring practice in Tuesday’s Herald.

Mike Stunson

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Western releases spring football schedule

Practice Schedule (all practices at Houchens Industries – L.T. Smith Stadium):

Saturday, March 28 – 9:00 a.m.

Monday, March 30 – 8:45 a.m.

Wednesday, April 1 – 8:45 a.m.

Friday, April 3 – 8:45 a.m.

Saturday, April 4 – 1:15 p.m. (full scrimmage)

Monday, April 6 – 8:45 a.m.

Wednesday, April 8 – 8:45 a.m.

Friday, April 10 – 8:45 a.m.

Monday, April 13 – 8:45 a.m.

Wednesday, April 15 – 8:45 a.m.

Friday, April 17 – 7:45 p.m.

Saturday, April 18 – 12:45 p.m. (full scrimmage)

Monday, April 20 – 8:45 a.m.

Wednesday, April 22 – 8:45 a.m.

Saturday, April 25 – 6:00 p.m. Red/White Spring Game

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Rejoice! Rejoice! Spring football is here!

There are some places where spring football is one of the most anticipated times of the year. Western probably isn’t one of those places. In fact, it even kind of snuck up on us. In the midst of the NCAA Tournament, it really just hit me within the last 24 hours that soon we’ll be in the middle of non-contact green jerseys, coaches behind the quarterbacks in the middle of scrimmages, referees in shorts, and goofy timing on games.

Had Western beat Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament, I think people would really be struggling to get motivated for spring football, as if they’re not struggling already.

It’s tough, when you’re coming off a 2-10 season and everyone is excited about basketball, to get a fan base excited about spring football, but it will be something coach David Elson will have to work on. Scrimmages start Saturday. Pro Day is Wednesday and their Night of Champions, which is a weight-lifting exhibition of sorts, is Thursday night.

It’s an important spring session for Western as they become full-fledged members of the Sun Belt Conference. It will be interesting to see if the fan base takes notice as well.

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