William and Mary’s Wes Steinman checked in as did Richmond’s Martin Parker below…be sure to check those two entries out.
CAA Football and Comcast SportsNet officials met yesterday in Bethesda, Md., to hammer out a preliminary television schedule for the 2010 season. We left the meeting yesterday pleased with the preliminary picks. Now comes the part of hammering out kickoff times for each game and making sure the gameday productions are in line on the television partners’ sides. Look for information on this season’s television games to start surfacing in late April and early May. CAA Football’s official television announcement will be made July 28, 2010 as part of its Media Day celebration in Baltimore, Md.
Yesterday Towson announced its plans for it Spring Football Festival, May 1. Festivities begin at 9:30 a.m., while the Black and Gold game will kickoff at 12:30 p.m., for more information on Towson’s event click this link.
A host of 2009 CAA Football standouts were recognized by the Virginia Sports Information Directors as All-State players. James Madison’s Arthur Moats was named the state’s Defensive Player of the Year, while William and Mary head coach Jimmye Laycock earned Coach of the Year honors. Check out the full release and list of awards here.
Thanks for the questions on Twitter, and please keep them coming. Check back throughout the remainder of the spring season for more student-athlete updates also.
2010 CAA Football…You Better Be Ready!!!
CAA Football Student-Athlete
Hello again, Tribe fans!
Wes Steinman checking back in on the Tribe’s progress through spring ball. Since I last wrote, we have been scrimmaging a lot and working extremely hard. The Tribe held its second full-go scrimmage last Friday. The offense was able to put together a few drives, but the defense was much improved and played pretty well. Due to some injuries, especially at defensive line, certain players have been forced to take a lot of reps and play multiple positions. Kyle O’Brien, Bryan Jean-Pierre, Harold Robertson, Michael Stover, Bryan Stinnie, and Chris Johnson have all done a great job playing the different positions up front and making plays.
Beginning our last week of spring practice, we have done everything but take it easy. Monday and Wednesday’s practice consisted of competitive one-on-ones as well as some situational scrimmaging. Again, the defense has continued to improve and got the best of the offense in both scrimmage opportunities. As a defensive unit, we are working to not only be athletic, but very physical. As new packages go in, different players have opportunities to showcase their talent. [Redshirt freshman linebacker] Dante Cook has shown to be a playmaker along with [sophomore defensive back] Terrell Wells. The young guys have done an excellent job of buying into the defensive scheme and learning their assignments and alignments.
As spring ball comes to a close, we have Friday to fix the little problems and make small adjustments before we partake in the annual spring game. Defensively, we have made great strides in the right direction, but still have plenty of work to be done. Leaders must continue to develop, and we must find our own identity for the 2010 season.
Make sure to make it to Zable Stadium Saturday at 1:30 to get a preview of what the 2010 Tribe football team has to offer.
Take care, Tribe faithful. Go Tribe!
This past Saturday was the finale of our spring practice and we ended at UR Stadium in front of a crowd of 2,000-plus. The atmosphere was great; there was an excitement in the air that was felt throughout the entire team. The Defense came out as the winner with a score of 54-23. There are a lot of things that we will have to work on as a team, but we have set a foundation and once the summer hits we will be ready to start building high on top of it.
In the past three weeks we have grown a lot together with our new coaches. Trusting in one anther is not hard anymore because we all know that we are out for the same goals and that is to be the best that we can possibly be.
This upcoming season you will notice a lot of new faces on both sides of the ball. Not only have we had to build trust with the coaching staff, but also we had to build trust within the team. When you’re out there on the field, you have to be able to fully trust the person that beside you, in front of you, and behind you. When playing with younger guys that trust takes longer to build. But throughout spring practice, they have been working hard to make sure when we play our first game in Charlottesville that the 11 players on the field trust each other and play as one.
During the Spring Game we were given our 2009 CAA Football Championship rings. They are very nice and a symbol that there are things that still need to be finished. We are very happy about our accomplishments last year and love the rings but we are not satisfied. We are still hungry because we want more and we know that we have a team that wants to be known as the best.
We start our summer workouts at the end of May and we roll straight into training camp. Hopefully the summer goes fast because we’re ready to play and want to kick the season off on the right note! But for now
we’ll work out, better our techniques and make the best of the time we have right now. Thank you to all who support the Richmond Spiders and we can’t wait until we are on the Richmond campus playing those home game in front of our home fans.
Until the fall…. Go Spiders!
Martin F. Parker #9
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