BLACKWATER DRAW — First-year Eastern New Mexico University football coach Josh Lynn says he already has a good feel for his squad heading into today's 2 p.m. Green and Silver game at Greyhound Stadium.
The annual wrapup to spring drills gives the Greyhounds a chance to perform in game-type situations.
"We're just going to get another evaluation," Lynn said of the scrimmage. "More than anything else, we want to put (the players) in a competitive situation."
The schedule calls for 15-minute quarters, with a running clock except for the final four minutes of the half and the entire fourth quarter. Everything will be live, Lynn said, except for punts.
About 90 players have participated in spring drills. Lynn anticipates at least 130 on hand for the start of fall practice in early August.
"It's been a good camp from an effort standpoint," said Lynn, a former ENMU tight end and assistant coach. "The kids have really picked up well on a new system.
"Are we where we need to be? No, but we're closer (than before spring ball)."
The biggest area of surprise in the spring has been in the secondary, Lynn said, notably the play of safeties Jayson Serda and Linvel Mosby and cornerback Chris Redmond.
"We've had some kids really come on this spring," Lynn said. "There's a good nucleus coming back."
On offense, Lynn would like to see the Hounds balance their attack a bit more between run and pass, but he targeted the running back position as an area of concern. The Hounds are hoping for help in the offensive and defensive lines from some of the newcomers who will check in during August.
"We've been more physical with this group (during spring drills) than with any group I've ever been with," he said. "Overall, we've stayed fairly healthy."
The Hounds kick off their 10-game schedule on Sept. 1 at New Mexico Highlands. The home opener is the following Saturday against Sul Ross State.
Green and Silver Game
When: 2 p.m. today
Where: Greyhound Stadium
Admission: No charge
Of note: It is the last of 15 allotted spring practice sessions for the football program.