The main goal for Head Coach Tom Cobble ahead of another Fightin' Chicks football season is to get a more emotional response from his players, and that process begins with the Purple and White scrimmage tomorrow.
"Right now, we're stressing a more aggressive defense and just a more determined attitude," Cobble said. "That's something we'll look to bring out both on the field and in the weight room."
The scrimmage, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium offers Cobble and his coaching staff a first look at the squad without 10 seniors, including wide-receivers Shaq Oliver and Deshawn Young who both signed for McPherson College in Kansas two weeks ago. More players could sign on to other colleges and universities in the future, Cobble said.
"It was a pretty good class," Cobble said about his exiting seniors. "A few of them have signed onto colleges, while some others are considering it."
The coaches will use the Purple and White game to see how the players returning from a 4-6 season in 2012 are shaping up ahead of the run-in to fall.
"This gives us an idea," Cobble said. "It'll let us see how they fair in certain positions and if we want to switch them around. We'll give time to some of the young guys that didn't get as much time in big games last year."
Coaches will divide the team into two teams that will get both offensive and defensive time on the field during the Purple and White game.
The Fightin' Chicks have been taking part in spring practices for the last few weeks, but severe weather has limited their time on the field. Cobble said he hopes to get in more training Wednesday, when weather is expected to stay dry.