(SID) – Putting more pressure on opposing quarterbacks defensively and becoming more explosive on offense are two of the priorities for head coach Todd Whitten as Sam Houston State University begins 2007 spring football drills Thursday at Bowers Stadium.
Of the 56 lettermen returning from last year’s 6-5 Bearkat squad, 11 are starters (six offensive, five defensive). The Bearkats will hold 14 practice sessions climaxing with the annual Orange-White Spring Football Game Saturday, April 21.
“Defensively we have to replace four seniors who have been good players for us the past several years in the secondary. And, offensively, we lost all three of our starting wide receivers. But we have some talented players returning plus several newcomers who will figure in the mix so we’re looking forward to having a good spring,” Whitten said.
Returning starters include tight end Blake Martin, offensive linemen Brandon Hale, Hunter Schmidt, Brennan Williams and Ryan Dretke, quarterback Brett Hicks, defensive lineman Eric Mikolajchak and linebacker Luke McCall.
Perhaps the best known newcomer in camp is Oklahoma transfer quarterback Rhett Bomar.
“We’re excited to have Rhett get the opportunity to work with the number one unit this spring,” Whitten said. “This fall he worked with the twos. While we’ve lost some good receivers, we think we have a solid group in camp. About the only time we were very explosive on offense last year was when D. D. Terry would break a long run. Becoming more explosive is a priority this spring.”