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April 19, 2013

Bronchos hold final spring scrimmage Saturday

OKLA. CITY — Central Oklahoma will hold its final major intrasquad scrimmage of the spring this morning at Wantland Stadium as the Bronchos wind down a productive off-season.

Second-year head coach Nick Bobeck will send his 65-player squad through a two-hour practice at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the Bronchos expected to run between 75-80 plays during the workout.

“We don’t have enough players to have an actual spring game, so it will be all situational stuff that we’ll do,” Bobeck said of Saturday’s practice. “We’ll do two-minute drills, red zone drills, third-down drills and have a couple of live drives. And we’ll work on every phase of the kicking game, other than kickoff return.”

UCO started its 15-practice spring schedule in late March and will finish up next week with two more practices, though Saturday’s scrimmage will be the final full-pad workout.

“It’s been a really good spring,” Bobeck said. “We’ve been productive and gotten our young kids a lot of reps. We understand more what our strengths and weaknesses are. We’ve graded every practice and created competition at every position, which has been good.

“We’re a stronger football team, a faster football team. It’s a night and day difference from last year at this time.  Our kids understand our drills, the tempo we want in practice and things of that nature, which has made our practices a lot more productive.”

The Bronchos are still a young team, with just 21 upperclassmen (11 seniors, 10 juniors) on the current roster that will be bolstered by at least 25 freshmen when the team begins pre-season drills in August.

“We started from the ground up when we came in last year and we’ve signed a large number of high school kids the last two years,” Bobeck said. “We knew there were going to be some growing pains, but we also want to win football games and we can do that. We’re going to continue to grow and we’re going to continue to get better.”

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