Tahlequah Daily Press

March 31, 2014

Spring game set

NSU to stage spring game earlier than normal on April 5

Sports Editor

— bjohnson@tahlequahdailypress.com

Get ready for busy weekend at Northeastern State on April 5. All the spring sports — women’s tennis, baseball, softball — will be action, with the tennis team getting things started at 10 a.m.

So why not throw NSU football into the mix? That’s exactly what NSU did.

The RiverHawks announced that the football team will host its annual spring game starting at 2 p.m. on the same day. However, it won’t be so much of a game; instead, more like position drills in specific situations.

Due to roster constraints, new head coach Rob Robinson won’t divide the club into green and white teams. Instead, showcase the offense going against the defense.

As for the selection of day for the spring game, that was out of Robinson’s control.

“It was already set before I got here,” said Robinson, who was hired as Kenny Evans’ replacement in December. “It’s to go with the green and white weekend. And I’ve done it that way in the past.”

 Robinson, who left his post as Washburn’s offensive coordinator to come to NSU, said his biggest challenge will be to get his players to refocus after the spring game has come and gone.

“The guys are going to be more fresh (for the spring game),” Robinson said. “It’s not necessarily a bad deal. The only negative thing is you have to keep them focused on that week (following the spring game). After the spring game, some go ‘this is over.’ But then they have to get back up and get banged up, and they get tired of banging on each other.”

NSU began spring practice on March 11, and the RiverHawks will conclude spring drills on April 11.