LAKE CHARLES – McNeese football will hold its second scrimmage of spring on Saturday as the team is expecting to run anywhere between 40-50 plays in game-like situations.
The scrimmage will begin at approximately 10:30 in Cowboy Stadium and is open to the public. Fans are asked to enter and sit on the east side of Cowboy Stadium. The west side is currently blocked off due to the Destruction of the press box.
First-year head Coach Gary Goff said it’s time to find out who the play makers are with just four practices, including the april 9 spring game, remaining.
“We’re seeing some good but also seeing some mistakes,” Goff said through 11 of the 15 practices. “We’re finding out who our play makers are. Mason Pierce is electric. We have to give that guy the ball. He’s going to be a handful. I’d like to see some more players step up and make plays. We’ve got two more scrimmages left to figure out who our play makers are. These next two scrimmages will be game-like situations and we’re going to grade it like a game and that’s who’s making the fewest mistakes. “
The number of players dressed out for practice has been a big hit for the new staff as it continues to install a new offense and new defensive schemes. As of Tuesday, only 54 players were dressed out going through practice. Twenty players are on the injured list with a lot of those still recovering and rehabbing after surgeries from the previous season as well as the Seniors lost and players who entered the Portal.
“We have decent depth at the Offensive line right now even though we have three starters from the season that are currently out,” Goff said. “We have some depth at the defensive line. But almost at every other position we’re pretty thin. Our signing class isn’t here yet so the numbers will be fixed but we’re trying to get through one day at a time right now through the spring.
“Defensively, we’ve come along. We’re thin at the back end right now with just two corners and two safeties. We’re having to run a series and take a little bit of a break. We’re literally down to four defensive backs.We are seeing some positives at the linebacker position with Kordell Williams having a great spring. “
To help alleviate some of those lack of numbers in the backfield, quarterback Dillon Simon was moved to the cornerback position this week and will finish out the spring working at that position.
“He’s got good feet, he’s explosive, very Sudden,” Goff said. “He’s learning. I’m so proud of that young man. He’s had two great days over there.”
About what Goff is expecting from Saturday’s scrimmage: “I’d love to line up the right way. Don’t have any Silly Mistakes or penalties offensively and try to move the chains. Defensively, I’d like to see it come away with some turnovers “
The quarterback position is still in a battle among Knox Kadum, Walker Wood, Cade Bartlett and Devon Tott.
“It’s open ended,” Goff commented. “To be honest, I haven’t seen anybody run away with that job and I don’t know if we’ll be going into (August) camp. We’re grading those QBs on every decision they make, every throw they make. Every drill we put them through, we’re filming and grading them.It’s why it hurts when you’re limited in a scrimmage to 40 or 50 plays.You want to give all these QBs several drives to see what they can do. m a big believer in QB play and that it’s about a guy getting in a rhythm and getting hot. That’s hard to do right now with us getting in limited plays. “
2022 McNEESE FOOTBALL GOLF SHOOTOUT APRIL 8
Entries are still being accepted for the April 8 McNeese Football Golf Shootout to be held at Gray Plantation.
Just a few openings are left for a 4-person team. Cost is $ 1200 per team. Each golfer will receive a McNeese cap and shirt.
The scramble will tee off at 1 pm All proceeds benefit from the McNeese Football program.
For more information, contact Coach Phillip Ely at email@example.com.