Friday, April 13, 2012

First week of Spring Ball is in the books.

Rise and Shine 'Catdome.
YOUR Linfield Wildcats wrapped up the 1st of 4 weeks of spring football at the 'Catdome this morning.  I was able to get myself out of bed and make it to the 5:45AM start time where after a brisk warm up session the 'Cats were full steam ahead.  The team looked like a small army during warm ups as participation has been excellent and the enthusiasm level was high.  All I could hear from one end of the field to the other, were coaches voices shouting out instructions, players barking out adjustments, plays, encouragement, etc.  For being that early in the morning the energy was like a large cup of coffee hitting your system and a nice reminder that the season isn't that far away. 

What we'll be doing this spring is rounding up the position coaches one at a time and talking about their returners and their expectations for the upcoming year.  We did this last spring and I thought it was a big hit for the Linfield faithful.  The coaches were incredible in taking the time to provide great information and I'm hoping we get to do it again.

As far as my observations....balance.  The team right now is a fine mixture of proven vets at various positions and also wide open positions that have talented players looking to make their mark.  I like it.  It isn't a roster so loaded with seniors that the youth doesn't get served but we're not so young that you get an "oh crap, I hope we can get it together in time" feeling.

There is no doubt that this is another hard working group of Linfield Wildcats.  You can just tell by the eyeball test in how many of the guys have improved in the weight room with their off-season conditioning.  The team looks fit and ready to play what has become the Coach Smith's era of Linfield football "Fast and Physical".   It hasn't happened by accident but by a tremendous amount of work by the staff and class after class of seniors setting the tone.

I'll be looking to make it out a few more times over the next three weeks and like it was mentioned above, we'll start working on reaching out to position group coaches, some video from practice, and at the end we'll punch out a Spring Highlight clip.  Till then...Go 'Cats!

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