The Chargers will scrimmage one last time this Spring at 1:00 PM on Sunday, April 20. The annual post-game picnic will follow.
I talked with Keith Otterbein this afternoon and he is pretty positive about the overall Spring session despite as he put it, “We are not the most healthy football team right now.”
Projected quarterback Troy Weatherhead suffered a knee injury last week and is currently seeking follow up and second opinions from Grand Rapids area specialists. Freshman Matt Bryan and sophomore Brad Otterbein are both healthy and have been getting all of the same reps in the competition to be the Chargers’ next full time signal caller.
Fundamentals were a big thing the Chargers stressed this Spring and Otter said the practices gave him and his staff a chance to see a lot of what the younger kids on the squad can do in the context of the Chargers’ system. “We know what these young guys can do physically, as we have seen them on scout team…but now you get a chance to really coach them and see what they can do in certain situations schematically.
The Charger Head Coach has really been impressed with the progress of the defense. “Those guys are playing with a lot of confidence. They have worked extremely hard in the weight room and on their speed. Now we are seeing them apply it football-wise,” Otterbein shared. “We think they are going to be pretty good and that is going to help us hugely offensively. We can go back to playing some old-fashioned field position football and not have to worry so much about putting up tons of yards.”
This will be the Chargers’ last chance to work together before camp opens on August 7th.