Collegian: Football wraps up spring practices in midst of strong offseason

Monday, May 2, 2016 – Published in the Hillsdale Collegian on Thursday, April 28, 2016

Football wraps up spring practices in midst of strong offseason

by Nathanael Meadowcroft

The Hillsdale College football team has been working on becoming better, faster, stronger, and closer throughout its off­season, and those improvements were evident on Sunday when the Chargers wrapped up spring practices with their annual spring game.

The Chargers lost six of their first seven games last year before fin­ishing the season on a four-game winning streak. Head coach Keith Otterbein said the momentum the team gained from their strong finish last year “really translated” through the winter and spring practices.

“We made great gains in the weight room, and our kids stayed very locked in and very focused. I haven’t had my indi­vidual meetings to this point but I feel like we’re going to have some very positive comments from the team about their closeness, their unity, and their broth­erhood,” Otterbein said. “We really did do what you would hope to do, and that’s take the momentum from the finish of last year and build it into the winter. I thought that our spirits through spring practice were really good.”

All of this was evident on Sunday during Hillsdale’s spring game — an intrasquad scrimmage between offense and defense. Around 500 people, including approx­i­mately 180 recruits that are cur­rently juniors in high school, watched the Chargers’ offense run 73 plays, scoring four touchdowns on drives led by three dif­ferent quar­terbacks.

“We made some plays on both sides,” Otterbein said. “Whenever you scrimmage yourself, as the head coach you’re 50 percent happy and 50 percent, ‘Oh crap, what are we going to do about that?’ You always have to deal with that.”

Otterbein also said he was happy with his team’s “mental and emo­tional approach” to the spring game.

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