March 18, 2013
Spring practice gets underway for Bearcat football
MARYVILLE, Mo. – Excitement for spring is all over the campus of Northwest Missouri State and that’s not just because the majority of the snow has melted. Spring football brings enthusiasm as the Bearcat football team starts their spring drills Monday.
After back-to-back playoff appearances in Head Coach Adam Dorrel’s first two seasons at the helm, expectations continue to rise in Maryville, and rightfully so. The Bearcats finished the season 10-3 and extended their streak of consecutive playoff appearances to nine this past season – the longest streak in NCAA-II football.
Northwest begins spring practice Monday with four straight practices before getting the following week off for spring break. The Bearcats return to the gridiron April 2, as 10 workouts separate the start of the month from the annual Green and White Spring Game April 20.
With a large number of starters returning, adding depth on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball will be a key issue for Northwest. After a number of injuries in 2012 forced underclassmen into starting roles, Dorrel looks to improve his two-deep for 2013.
“We know what we have for returning starters in most positions,” Dorrel said. “This spring we need to develop our two-deep more and give kids confidence so they are ready to compete in fall camp. We have looked back at film and identified what we are good at and what we’re not good at. Now we will try to improve and build around what our current roster does best.”
A schedule that was the fourth toughest in NCAA-II last year saw another 10-win season for Northwest. However the 2013 schedule does not get any easier for the Bearcats with six home games including the season opener against Saginaw Valley State – who has reached the playoffs two of the last four seasons – followed by a meeting under the lights with Central Missouri at Bearcat Stadium.
Also on the schedule is Family Weekend on Sept. 28 against Nebraska-Kearney, the 12th Annual Fall Classic at Arrowhead against Pittsburg State on Oct. 19 and Homecoming against Missouri Southern Oct. 26.
High expectations, another challenging schedule and a number of position battles make for an exciting spring in Maryville. Dorrel and his staff continue to look for the right pieces to bring Northwest football its 25th MIAA Championship.
During the first week of spring practice check back to NorthwestBearcats.com as we breakdown the offense, defense and special teams in 2013. On Tuesday we will take a look at the special team battles for the Bearcats that begin this spring.
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