C of I hosts 'first' spring game Saturday

About 25 to 30 players on each side of the ball will run about 70 plays.

ccripe@idahostatesman.comApril 11, 2014 

The College of Idaho, which doesn't have enough players yet to fill out two offensive and defensive units, will scrimmage at about 9:30 a.m. at Symms Field on the Caldwell campus.

Football returns to the NAIA program this fall for the first time since 1977.

Practice begins at 9 a.m. The helmet design - voted on by the college community - will be unveiled at 10:45.

"We have to keep reminding ourselves how young we are," coach Mike Moroski said, "so it's hard to compare to other college teams I've coached - just because everyone is so young. I like where we are. There's a good spirit about the guys and they're training hard and they so want to do it the way we want it done. And I love the coaching staff. We've made tremendous strides, which is really our goal."

This will be the Coyotes' 15th spring practice. They'll take next week off, train during the last few weeks of school and gather in the evenings through the summer for workouts so players can hold jobs.

Moroski and his staff were installing plays as recently as Tuesday, trying to make sure they're ready for any situation that might arise in a game-like flow.

The Coyotes practiced in full pads Tuesdays and Saturdays through the spring and included some scrimmage elements on those days, so this won't be their first taste of tackling.

"We will play as many different situations as we can," he said. "But mostly we'll just be playing and working through whatever situations we come to."

The Coyotes technically have named their first starter - former Salmon River High star Charlie Shepherd. He will be a starter on special teams. The honor helped the program emphasize special teams with the players.

"He kind of personifies what we're all about," Moroski said. "He has learned and improved. He just goes for it every day."

Chadd Cripe: 377-6398, Twitter: @IDS_BroncoBeat

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