Friday, April 5, 2013

Week 1 of Spring Ball is in the books!

It was a great morning in the valley!
Rolled out of the rack at 4:45 this morning to head over the 'Catdome to catch the 'Cats as they wrapped up the 1st week of their 2013 Spring Football seasons.  Besides a little breeze and light rain that only showed up for a minute it was a nice morning for the 'Cats to continue their non-padded spring football season.

First thing that jumps off the page to me is experience all over the field.  In year's past we may have had multiple groups that was lacking extensive game experience but this is as seasoned of a Linfield roster that I can remember in a long time.  The 'Cats have a huge Senior class that has almost seen it all and a good group of up and coming players to add to the depth of this team. 

Again, Linfield should be plenty fast come this fall with speed on both sides of the ball.  It's tough to gauge physicality in spring football at the Division 3 level because of regulations and these practices are non-contact.  The Coaches spend a large amount of their time teaching the game and working on details in scheme and technique.  The staff pretty much hits the field coaching and didn't stop the entire time I was there.

One thing that I wanted to do this spring was grab various coaches on staff and do some audio interviews but the staff utilizes every second so well I didn't have a chance to grab one of them.  So WC11 had to improvise so I tracked down defensive back coach and recruiting coordinator Brandon Hazenberg on the phone to talk about various aspects of the program.  Please excuse my lack of interviewing skills but Coach Haze provided some great thoughts on the current team, the 'Cats recruiting, and the mindset headed into this season.  I'll grab others coaches as we move along so keep checking back.

1 comment:

MacQuiz said...

Great interview with Coach Hazenberg...
Your interviewing skills are just fine WC11..."No worries Mate!"
Coach was giving up what he could and leaving us, at this early date with a sense of where we are today. It's really great to be reminded about the broad and tested experience in this senior rich group. Like Coach mentioned..." some extra coaching out there!!!"
To invoke any comparison to the "04" season is truely remarkable in my opinion. He was slightly reluctant to go there but it does bode well for the undercurrent of his feelings for this group.
Can't wait to see the rollout of our incoming "Fresh Cats". Man...these kids gotta be some kinda stoked up to be comin to the catdome.
"You know where to leave it...on the field baby!"