Returning to the birthplace of Bearkat football Thursday for the annual Orange-White scrimmage, Sam Houston head coach was pleased with the team’s final spring practice at Joseph Pritchett Field.
“It was really exciting to come back to Pritchett and play some football,” Fritz said. “I was graduate assistant here the last season we played at Pritchett and it was great to be back.”
Fritz viewed the hour-long scrimmage as an opportunity to evaluate the squad’s untested youngsters.
“We have a good group of veteran players and, during the past three seasons, we’ve seen what they can do,” Fritz said. “There are going to be some players that move up on the depth chart and some down.”
Both starting quarterback Brian Bell and backup Don King threw for touchdowns. Both quarterbacks took snaps from the first and second team offense.
Areas of concern during spring work were the offensive line and defensive secondary. The Bearkats lost four starters in the line and could have as many as four freshmen taking over first team roles. Cornerbacks DeAntrey Loche and Shelby Davis as well as safeties Michael Wade and Chris Grett are players who could address needs in the secondary.
“Considering the weather, we had a good crowd,” Fritz said. “It was a great atmosphere for the scrimmage and we want to thank Recreational Sports for helping make this event happen.”