Monday, April 12, 2010

Notes from Spring Ball

As many of you know, this is the first spring that the Midwest Conference has allowed a "non-traditional season" for their fall sports. NTS is more commonly known in football circles as "Spring Ball."

We have had a tremendous spring thus far. Though there are no pads, and therefore no contact drills, we have had numerous competitive situations that have shown us a lot about our 56 returning players.

We have seen a number of great performances over the last four practices, and I want to take a few moments to highlight some of them.

Our offensive line has been continuing to develop through this time. The Foresters has a VERY young offensive line last year. This spring, it has been obvious that the playing experiences that they had in the fall are definitely benefitting them.

Freshman Tight End Justin Smith, who was sidelined during our training camp, has recovered nicely and has been making a number catches during our 7 on 7 periods.

The Runningback position has continued to show its teeth as a strength for the Foresters. Freshman Al Mitchell had a great day on Sunday recording three long touchdown receptions.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Foresters look to replace 7 starters from last seasons team. A number of young players have made great strides in the weight room and are continuing their progression on the field as well. Freshman linebackers Joe Stella, Jake Rotkvich, and Aidan Price have proved that they are excited to try and replace All-Conference Linebackers Chad Zimborski and Donovan Baldridge.

On the defensive line, Kenny Clady-Mason and Dylan Burke are showing that they learned a number of lessons from graduating seniors Rick Storkan and Jaron Eanes.

In the secondary, the Foresters have added some new personnel at the semester mark, including Valporaiso transfer Domnick Campagna and freshman Brandon Gatling. In addition returners David Adams, Mike Dotson, and Mike Nelson have been showing a desire to replace graduating senior Wil Christensen at Safety!

The Foresters have four more practices in their "Spring Ball Period." Look for a post Spring Ball wrap up at the end of our non-traditional season.