KSU football opens spring practice

Brian Jones

Spring practice is underway for the Kennesaw State football team, and it began with a two-hour practice at the Perch on Monday. The first practice was the start of building for the first spring game, which will be played on March 28 at Fifth Third Bank Stadium, and it was also the start of the first game, which will take place on September 3 against East Tennessee State.

Head coach Brian Bohannon noticed how hard the players worked the first day, but he also noticed something that was lacking during fall camp.

“The great thing about it is our kids are in pretty good shape,” Bohannon said. “They had a pretty good offseason.”

These players will need to be in good shape because the spring game and the regular season will be here before they can blink. And because of that, the coaches have started to install many aspects to get the team ready for the upcoming season. One example of that is Bohannon and his staff started to install special teams, which is something they did not do last fall.

And while there will be the new signees and new transfers will join the team in the fall, the players that were out there will be playing in the first game and beyond.

“The bulk of our team that will be playing in the fall is out here now,” Bohannon said. “We’ll add about 15-30 guys, but only half of those will play.”

Another aspect the coaching staff will add is separation when it comes to talent.

“It’s time to establish some depth charts,” Bohannon said. “It’s time to find out who can play and who can’t.  That creates competition. We got to get a pecking order going into the fall.”

One of things to watch for when it comes to the depth chart is the four seniors that are on the roster. They will be looked to as leaders for the Owls, but Bohannon wants leadership from whoever that steps up.

“One of the things that we stressed in the offseason is leadership whether it’s a senior, junior, sophomore or freshman,” Bohannon said. “We need guys that step up when things are tough and when adversity hits. That’s what’s unique about a startup program.”

The depth chart and leadership are a few things that will keep this team motivated going into the season. But Bohannon is doing other things to keep the team motivated as the first game gets closer such as the Win the Day competition which is something they did last year. Another thing to keep the team motivated is EAT, which stands for effort, attitude and toughness. Then add in the fact that only 95 players can enter fall camp, there are some things to keep the Owls motivated moving forward, but Bohannon is always looking to do more when it comes to motivation.

“You never can stop to find ways to motivate people,” Bohannon said.

So here’s the schedule for the rest of the month. The Owls will practice on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays with Tuesdays and Thursdays being the days where they will spend time in the weight room. The Owls have 14 more practices before the spring game at the end of the month. The next practice, which will be on Wednesday, will have the players in shorts and helmets before they go in full pads on Friday. The squad will have its first scrimmage on March 14.

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