CANYON – The No. 11-West Texas A&M football team will hold a scrimmage Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium. The scrimmage is free and open to the public.
Just under a week into preseason camp, the Buffs have practiced each day with this past Monday being the first day of full pads, which the players were excited about.
“It’s exciting to get out there with full pads,” junior wide receiver Word Hudson said. “We get into full contact after we’ve been practicing without pads, but now we get to tackle and go to the ground.”
Tuesday was the first two practice day as the team will have another two practice day Thursday heading into the scrimmage on Friday.
“I’ve been pleased so far and our defensive guys stepped up Sunday and picked up some scheme and really got playing,” head coach Mike Nesbitt said. “I was really excited about the D-line and some of our new receivers have really stepped up and learned some formations.”
So far in practice, the team has done a lot of individual work with some formational work throughout the first six days. One of the positions with a good chuck of talent returning from last season is the wide receiver position
“There has been about five or six of us playing here at least two years and makes it easier for us to know the whole offense at receiver and make plays,” Hudson added. “When one person makes a great play, it gets the whole offense going.”
WT returns senior Anthony Johnson who was second on the team in receptions (87) in 2013 and in receiving yards (1,294) which was 13th nationally. He earned first team All-Lone Star Conference accolades and led the team with 14 touchdown receptions which ranked ninth nationally.
Senior Jeremy Watson also returns at receiver as he tallied 17 catches for 224 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 13.2 yards per catch. Hudson caught 16 balls for 249 yards and two touchdowns last season, while junior Jarrian Rhone was fifth on the team in receiving yards at 371 on 37 receptions. Rhone had four touchdown catches.
“The receivers are one of our veteran positions right now,” Nesbitt added. “Their work ethic has been really good all the way back to when I got here in 2006. They create a great culture for the whole team because they grid every day and get after it. All of the guys at receiver this year are doing a great job and doing special teams as well as they are working hard for two hours at practice each day.”
The 2014 season gets underway Thurs., Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. (CT) at No. 4 Colorado State-Pueblo. The 2014 home schedule begins Sat., Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium versus No. 17 Tarleton State.
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