Football Shows New Looks in Spring Game / Charles Williams

The Choctaw football team capped off spring practices with their spring scrimmage Thursday night.  In front of a healthy crowd, bolstered by a bevy of visiting recruits, the offense and defense squared off in a contest that saw big plays on both sides.  

“We’ve got a lot of players who are good and have some experience, but we’re not where we need to be, and that’s what spring ball is all about, said head coach John Bland.  Going into his 8th season at the helm for the Choctaws, coach Bland was looking to see his team improve over the spring without any major injuries and was glad to see that happen.  

“We’re fortunate today I don’t think we had any serious injuries and throughout the spring we’ve been pretty lucky.”  

The Choctaws are looking to improve upon last season’s record of 4-6, and in the spring game, the offense previewed some new formations.  In recent years, the offense has relied heavily on the ground game playing under center and while we shouldn’t expect that to change any time soon, Choctaw fans may see the ball in the air a little more this coming season.  

“We will have to be able to throw the football to be able to win in this league.”  

Bland said that the Choctaws will operate out of the shotgun a little more this upcoming season, while still operating similarly to the way they have always played.

The Choctaws will report back for fall practice on August 6th before kicking off their 2022 season on the road at Albany State on September 3rd.  

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