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Rocky Mountain College playing faster in Petrino’s third spring

Posted at 6:38 PM, Mar 25, 2018

BILLINGS – Rocky Mountain College football is headed in the right direction.

The Bears are coming off their first winning season since 2013, and it could have been even better. Three of Rocky’s losses were by six or fewer points. Those are the kinds of small details you can try to fix in spring ball.

The Bears are one week into their third camp of the Jason Petrino era, which is making life much easier. Petrino was hired a month before his first camp, and then implemented a completely new offense in his second one. Now, familiarity has everything is moving a little bit faster.

“This is our third season now, and a lot of our guys have been in our program at least one, if not two years or more, and they know what to expect,” said Petrino. “There isn’t that uncertainty, and now they’re just able to go out and execute and play with urgency for sure.”

Veterans like Ryder Rice can already see the difference.

“Now that we’ve got the whole scheme and everything in, we can come to practice and focus more on getting better at the little things rather than trying to remember the plays,” said the defensive end, “and that makes it so much easier.”

The Bears will practice for another month before the April 21 spring game.