Demons set to open spring training on Tuesday

NATCHITOCHES – Every year, spring football brings a new vision of the future.

For Northwestern State, that vision begins to take shape Tuesday afternoon at Turpin Stadium around 3:45 p.m. — weather permitting.

“It’s as important a spring training as we’ve had since I’ve been here,” the head coach said. Brad Laird, who begins his fifth season at the helm of his alma mater in September. “Schematically, we’re different on both sides of the ball. The terminology will be different. For our guys, it’s one thing to be in a meeting. It’s another to be on the pitch and being able to get through things. .” . And it’s another to go all out, good on good.”

Northwestern State will have 15 total practices and scrimmages in the spring, culminating in the Joe Delaney Bowl on April 9.

The Demons begin spring training with new coordinators on both sides of the ball and four new coaches in all.

Offensive Coordinator Cody Crill and defensive coordinator Weston Glaser will use all 15 training sessions to install the foundation on their side of the ball while the demons have also added the quarterback coach Kyle Washington and inside receivers coach Manny Harris to staff.

Joey Fitzgeraldwho coached quarterbacks in the 2021 season, moved on to coach wide receivers.

“A lot has changed since the last time we walked off the pitch against McNeese,” Laird said. “We’ve had a few coaching changes over the three phases and added some new faces that have been brought in over the last two months. Our guys have worked extremely hard in the offseason. We’ve had a good run since January. Coach (strength and conditioning) Erik (Schwager) did a great job with these guys we were able to go out and do some mental things from a football perspective but to be able to put the ball down and have a good 15 days of practice and wrap up with the spring game on April 9, we’re excited and ready to see our guys in action.”

Northwestern State returns 47 men of letters from the 2021 fall season, which ended with two wins in the last three games, including a 24-20 victory at McNeese in the season finale – NSU’s first victory in Lake Charles since 1988.

NSU also added nine signings from junior colleges at the start of the signing period and added several FBS transfers who will participate in spring training.

“We’re not just looking at new players who came in early in the signing period or guys who signed up in the last two weeks,” Laird said. “You’re also looking at the stage that our young guys are going to take – whether they’re freshmen last year or whether they’re guys who’ve been here but haven’t been on the pitch yet. There are a lot of different areas that we look forward to watching our guys grow schematically in what we do in all three phases.

“We can’t waste a day with the opportunity we have this spring to find consistency across all three phases. Are we going to have all the answers after 15 practices? Probably not. That’s what the summer. That’s what fall camp is all about. We want to take a step closer to where this football team will be when we face Montana in September.”

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