Eastern New Mexico University’s football team is halfway through its spring drills, with a scrimmage on tap this week at Clovis High’s Leon Williams Stadium and the green-and-silver game set for March 8 at Greyhound Stadium.
Third-year coach Josh Lynn said the early start to spring drills was designed to avoid having to split workouts around the school’s spring break, scheduled for March 11-17.
A total of 94 players are participating in the four-week long drills, practicing at their practice facility on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
With 17 starters — eight on offense, nine on defense — returning from last year’s Lone Star Conference co-champions, Lynn said Monday that things are progressing well.
“I believe we’re a little ahead of where we were last year,” he said. “We’ve got to go out and work to still get better.
“A lot of our work (in the spring) is in the classroom, keeping our players (academically) eligible.”
Lynn and the Hounds, picked sixth in the seven-team LSC last season, got on a roll in the conference, winning two road games by one point after trailing by at least 20 in each of them. They finished 7-3 overall and shared the crown with Tarleton State at 5-1.
One of the holes on offense was at fullback, where Christian Long graduated after earning All-LSC honors. Lynn said the Hounds are moving running back E’lon Spight to the position after he spent time as a running back last fall.
The Hounds signed nearly 30 players on signing day Feb. 5. Lynn said they are looking to perhaps add one more offensive lineman for the fall.