Apr 3, 2014 5:47 PM by Texas A&M Kingsville
KINGSVILLE, Texas - The Texas A&M-Kingsville football team is gearing up for the Spring Game on Saturday at noon at Javelina Stadium. There is no admission for spectators.
The Javelinas will look to showcase what the team has been working on during spring practices.
According to head coach David Calloway, the team's first priority is to stay healthy and to give starters and the Javelina bench time to get in sync.
"What we are looking for primarily is to stay health, first and foremost," said Calloway. "We also want a clean scrimmage as far as penalties to make sure we sharpen up and finish the spring phase."
The Javelina coaching staff divided the team by mixing the first teams and second teams together as well as position.
For example, the first team and fourth team quarterbacks were put on the same team while the second and third team quarterbacks on the other. The rosters were created in this manner to make the scrimmage as fair as possible. The only two players that will play for both teams are the place kicker and holder.
"When we went through, as a staff, and made the roster, we wanted to give both sides of the ball a chance to compete," stated Calloway.
A major point of focus for Kingsville this spring has been fighting off injuries. Coach Calloway stated that the players who have been injured during spring practices should be ready for the season.
"Injuries are a part of the game. We have a couple of guys that sustained spring season injuries but will be ready for the fall," said Calloway, "Alex Rios had an off-field situation where he damaged some ligaments in his non-throwing hand. We had some young guys who injured some ankles and things of that nature but they should be healthy by the time the season starts."
Another point that the coaches wanted to drive home was that players should compete at the highest level possible.
"Since January, we have put a big emphasis on competing and telling guys to come out and compete every day. We put them in a lot of one-on-one situations where it's a lot of pressure; the spotlight is on them to perform, and for them to do a good job in achieving their individual battles."
When asked about the clash at the quarterback position, Calloway stated that it was an on-going process that will extend into August. There are two to three athletes that are in contention for the position. Those players are Alex Rios, Trey Mitchell, and Caleb Bedford.
"It is a highly contested battle," said Calloway. "I think with all the attention on that position, the guys are stepping their game up in other areas. The quarterback is a position of high importance, competes at a high level and supports other guys to keep competing at a high level."
Over this weekend, Kingsville will be hosting an officiating clinic that will give the team a chance to practice in real-time situations with referees. It will also let the players and coaches see how new rules will be implemented and interpreted.
"The officiating clinic is a plus because it gives us a chance to get some real-time work with officials and timing. It also gives us a chance to learn some of the rules that have been implemented for the season and we can get some feedback from those guys," said Calloway.
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