THIBODAUX â€“ The Nicholls State University football team finished its 12th practice this past Monday, and with only three practices remaining in the spring season, head coach Charlie Stubbs will be looking to close out the spring practices making positive progress.
Coach Stubbs, in his second year at the helm of the Colonels, has noticed steady improvement in all facets of his program this spring. He recently sat down to answer a few questions about the third week of the spring season.
Q: As the spring winds down, how do you feel about your programâ€™s progress?
Coach Stubbs: In our final stretch, Iâ€™m very pleased with our progress thus far. I feel like we definitely are way ahead of where we were at last season at this point. Last Saturday, we were able to go approximately 50 plays in our scrimmage and also had around 15 7-on-7 passing drill plays, so we were able to get a very good evaluation of our players.
Q: How would you rate the offenseâ€™s play?
Coach Stubbs: I thought our quarterbacks were very steady. We didnâ€™t turn the football over, which is always a plus. I feel like all three of them â€“ LaQuintin Caston, Beaux Hebert and Landry Klann - are making great progress. We had a couple receivers, Josh Warren and Brad Nelson, stand out and played really solid. We also had a young running back come in and do a good job for us, redshirt freshman Stephen Richmond.
Q: And the defense?
Coach Stubbs: On the defensive side of the ball, we had some very good hits. They showed a lot of intensity out there, and I thought Shawn Elrod had a great showing as well as Kerry Guidry, so I was very pleased with that. We had other guys that played well but those two were the ones that really stood out and made some individual plays.
Q: Last Saturday was Junior Day, can you talk a little about how that went?
Coach Stubbs: Junior Day is something I want to have annually here at Nicholls. We had over 100 people attend which included the high school juniors interested in the program as well as their parents. They all came to the scrimmage afterwards and we had a very good crowd, even with all the activities going on this time of year.
Q: Has there been any significant injuries?
Coach Stubbs: Unfortunately in football, the injury bug surfaces and we had some injuries. I strongly feel that these young men will bounce back, but they are definitely finished for the rest of spring. I really believe with the proper treatment and care, along with their desire to comeback that theyâ€™ll return as quickly as possible and back to full strength.
Q: With only three practices left, what are your goals for the remainder of the spring season?
Coach Stubbs: As we wind down the spring season, on both sides of the ball weâ€™re trying not to install any new schemes, but weâ€™re just trying to see our players play faster and improve execution. We are still playing everybody, so they are all getting some quality work out there. Weâ€™ll emphasis special teams this week and focus on that a little more. That will allow our new special teams coordinator, Ricky Brumfield, to get some more individual work so he can assess the players and the talent on the team.
Q: On Saturday, the scrimmage will conclude the spring season. Can you talk a little about that?
Coach Stubbs: Weâ€™ll begin our warm up at around 10 a.m. and start the scrimmage at 10:30. Itâ€™ll be the same format as last week and the reason for that is the lack of depth on both lines, this format will allow us to control the tempo with breaks at proper times. Weâ€™ll go approximately 50 plays of live contact and execute 15 7-on-7 drills, and do some offensive and defensive line drills and then call it a spring. I know in the future, weâ€™ll have more linemen available to keep the pace going, and weâ€™ll be able to put together a longer scrimmage. But unfortunately thatâ€™s the way it is right now, but it will definitely improve in the future.
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