For the Grizzlies, who started their spring ball over the weekend...it was a welcome change from the normal lifting and cardio that took place during winter conditioning.
"We're busting our butts in the weight-room, and working out here on the field for winter conditioning, so it's a lot more fun to come out here and play football then getting up early to run," says to-be senior defensive end Zack Wagenmann.
While there are a lot of returning starters on both sides of the ball, Coach Delaney says what he's looking for is a certain characteristic.
"I think number one is energy, we have to have great energy every day, every minute. We've got to be able to compete in everything we do both on and off the field, and always looking for guys through the competition to never be satisfied with where they're at, and say 'Jordan Johnson is the quarterback, Caleb Kidder is this, or Zack Wagenmann is that,' We want them working to take playing time away from those guys, and that's the only way we get better," says head coach Mick Delaney.
Griz captains were also announced over the weekend, with Jordan Canada and Jordan Johnson representing the offense, with Tonga Takai and Zack Wagenmann on the defensive side...but for spring ball, the focus is mostly on the younger players, including freshmen.
"It's big, like you said it's the first time since they got here in fall camp. They didn't get a whole lot of reps in fall camp being the new guys on campus and what not, so it's definitely their time to show how they've progressed since they got here. Their work in the weight room and out here during winter conditioning is important, so it's big time for all those guys," says Wagenmann