Spring football season is set to begin at Tennessee Tech Tuesday, and Golden Eagle coach Watson Brown says he and his staff are ready to get on the field at Tucker Stadium with a mission to accomplish three goals. With a large number of returning starters and key reserves coming back, Brown considers these next few weeks to be the most important time of the year for his squad. Brown's three goals for Spring practice are to see every player and not miss somebody, to get all of the players in the right positions, and improve the systems and schemes.
"This is the most important on-field time of the year for a football team," said Brown, whose 2011 team will mark his fifth season with the Golden Eagles. "We're not working on systems or game plans, we're looking for football players. We've got a lot of veteran players back, but we're really excited about looking at everybody. We have between 20 and 30 guys who have a chance to emerge from Spring practice as key players. We don't have time to hunt for players in the fall. We need to find them in the spring."
The Golden Eagles have 15 practice dates planned. Practices will take place each Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon at 3:15 p.m., and Saturdays at 10 a.m. The spring game will take place on Saturday, April 16 at 10 a.m., the final day of practice.
While the past two teams have featured about 10 seniors each year, the 2011 Golden Eagle roster will include 25 seniors. Add to that a junior class of 25 players and the Golden Eagles will be a veteran, experienced team.
"We should have really great senior leadership," Brown said. Because of that, the Golden Eagles will not select captains for the season, but will choose "permanent' team captains following the year.
"We have so many seniors, we want to give all 25 the chance to be leaders," Brown said.