Wildcats Football Coach Greg Owens has become a believer in spring football. For the fourth straight year, the Wildcats will have spring football. It means one less week of practice in August and just one scrimmage in August instead of two.
This year, spring football begins with two acclamation days. Those will be Wednesday and Thursday, April 17-18, and will take place during the athletic periods during the school day. Players will be in helmets, t-shirts and shorts.
Work in pads will start Monday and will take place after school from around 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Workouts will take place Mondays through Thursdays through May 15.
The Spring Game is now scheduled for Friday, May 17, at either 6 p.m. or 7 p.m.
All dates are subject to change depending on other things that might arise.
Coach Owens said spring football is good for the Wildcats and the coaching staff. He said it is particularly useful in developing the offensive line and the defensive line, linebackers and safeties.
Coach Owens is losing 32 seniors to graduation. He is expected to depend on a lot of youth to fill the void. Rather than having to wait until August to see what he’s got, a lot of decisions concerning players are expected to be made during spring drills.
Coach Owens said he has seen some players gain confidence during the spring. Rather than preparing for an opponent like in the fall, spring football is all about the Wildcats.
Everything is videotaped and coaches use the tape to instruct the players and help them improve.
After having veteran quarterbacks for several years, the signal calling job may be more wide open this year. Hopefuls include sophomore Kaden Wallace, Noe Ponce and Aidan Walker are senior to be QBs. Coach Owens said there are also a couple of sophomores-to-be who will get a look.
The Wildcats will be squeezing in 18 workouts in 34 days according to UIL rules.