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Spring football offers new excitement coming off of historic season

Spring football offers new excitement coming off of historic season

February 21
20:06 2018

Jalen Guyton sprinted up the right sideline almost overly enthusiastic. Then, in one swift move, the junior wide receiver changed directions, turning a go route into a post, shaking his defender in the process.

Junior quarterback Mason Fine saw it the whole way and put the 35-yard pass on the money to his favorite target. The play was over after that, but Guyton was too excited. He continued his 50-yard sprint to the endzone and launched the ball in the air once he arrived.

Chasing him was Fine, who held up one finger before jumping a few times out of pure joy. This was almost the end of their first spring practice, but their reactions showed the passion of a game in mid-November.

Football is officially back in Denton.

“It was cold, but it was efficient for the most part,” Guyton said of the team’s first practice. “It really just felt like we hopped back in it from bowl practice. The energy was good. Everyone was excited to get out of the weightroom and do what we came here to do. The only thing that was different was it was a little cold.”

It was certainly cold. The weather hovered around 32 degrees and light rain came and went throughout the morning.

Getting back on the field to continue the progress head coach Seth Littrell and company made last season certainly was enough reason for the team to be excited.

“Today is the day we turn the calendar,” Littrell said. “2017 was a great year but it’s time to learn from our mistakes and build on what we started. There’s great energy around this program and everybody knows we’ve only scratched the surface. We feel we have some unfinished business, and spring ball is where we start the process moving forward.”

The progress the team made in the weight room in the two months since the bowl game was a main talking point of a few of the players and coaches. Littrell said his team has already begun to look noticeably bigger and that was echoed by players.

“Coach Womack is a great strength and conditioning coach,” senior linebacker Brandon Garner said. “We’ve been lifting weight, and we’ve been gaining weight too. That’s a big emphasis for us.”

For one of the few freshman early enrollees, quarterback Kason Martin, the experience of his first college practice was certainly eye-opening.

“I knew it would be high energy and fast paced, but man it was just a lot different than high school ball,” Martin said. “It was really fast and the windows close a lot quicker, but it was fun.”

On the offensive side of the ball, the team returned most skill position players with a good amount of the offensive linemen returning as well. In the early practices, this allows them to get into more advanced repetitions faster than they had in years past.

March 24 at noon the team will play their anticipated spring game and show how much they improved in the weeks of spring football.

“A lot of our guys are already experienced,” Fine said. “The coaches know what they want from us, so [we’re] more crisp. You watch film from the season, and there are a lot of things we can improve on, so just focus on the little things, and that’s going to push us to the next level.”

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Matthew Brune

Matthew Brune

Matthew Brune is the Senior Sports Writer for the North Texas Daily, covering football and men's basketball.

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