SFA spring football practice is in full swing as the ‘Jacks are half way through the allotted practices. The season is still months away but SFA is hard at work with many returning players from both sides of the ball working towards a championship.
This year the offense will return 10 out of 11 starters from the 2011 season, including quarterback Brady Attaway. Attaway seems to have put on a little weight in muscle and gained a good amount of confidence now that he has a year of starting experience under his belt.
""I definitely feel more in control, it makes me a lot more comfortable out here and a lot more confident," said Attaway. "I think last year helped out a lot since the coaches stuck with me and I played the entire season.
Head coach JC Harper agrees.
"He played for the entire year and we committed to him even when things weren't always great, and that is how he improved," said Harper. "That experience that you play with on game day, you can't practice that, there is nothing you can do you just have to go out there and do it. I think he is a lot more confident and ready from that experience."
Meanwhile the coaching staff has experienced a lot of turnover on both sides of the ball, but Harper says the players and other coaches have adjusted well.
"The chemistry is really good, the coaches fit right in because nothing has changed terminology wise," said Harper. "With it being consistent year after year the players have a comfort level with that."
The ‘Jacks are not holding a spring game or any full squad scrimmages this spring. Practices are schedules to end on April 30th and SFA opens up the season with Southwestern Oklahoma on August 30th at Homer Bryce Stadium.