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Montana Tech to emphasize young players during Saturday’s spring game

Posted at 3:42 PM, Apr 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-12 22:15:13-04

BUTTE — Montana Tech hosts its annual spring football game Saturday, and it’ll be the fans’ first chance to take a peek at what is in store for the 2019 season.

Up to this point, head coach Chuck Morrell has been pleased with the way his guys have gone out and competed.

“Really excited. We’ve actually exceeded my expectations here at this point,” Morrell said. “I mean, for us to be going into our ninth and 10th practices here, especially with putting in some new systems and a couple of new things on both sides of the ball, I’m very very pleased with our guys’ progress. Just shows how high our IQs are and how fast guys have been able to pick things up.”

This spring season has also given Morrell time to adjust to being back in control of the defense.

“It’s been awesome. It actually even surprised me a bit,” he said. “That’s the thing I love — I love the kids, being around the team, but obviously I love the Xs and the Os, too. It’s been a big piece in it and a lot of fun and get back after the feeling of being out there and making the decisions on a play-to-play basis has been a blast.”

Saturday’s game doesn’t figure to present a lot of fireworks, though. The coaching staff is emphasizing younger players getting their chances to shine to earn reps for the fall.

“I’m just looking for us to be clean from an attention-to-detail standpoint,” added Morrell. “And then outside of that, we’re going to be pretty vanilla, to be honest. I mean, we’ve got a lot of things going on. We’re giving a lot of young guys some shots right now and that’s what spring ball is about to me, is letting our young guys see if they can get in the depth chart for next season.”

The game kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bob Green Field.