SEARCY, Ark.(KAIT) – The Harding football team will conclude spring practice with its Spring Game on Friday, March 26 at 6 p.m. at First Security Stadium.
The NCAA allows each football-playing school to hold 15 practices during the spring semester.
The format that the Harding coaches will use is that of a typical scrimmage. The offense will have the ball at the 30-yard line and go until it scores or is stopped by the defense. Coaches expect the scrimmage to last a little more than an hour.
Harding has had 10 practices thus far, and Harding head coach Ronnie Huckeba feels very good about what he has seen from his team.
"Defensively, we feel very solid along our front line and at linebacker," said Huckeba. "We had several players that came in this spring and really solidified things there."
The Bisons have been battling injuries in the defensive secondary. "We had some young players that we really needed to evaluate during the spring, but we have not been able to do that because of the injuries," said Huckeba.
"We've got some questions in the secondary, but we've got some kids that we recruited that will be here in the fall that we think can come in and really help us, especially at cornerback. We targeted defensive backs in our recruiting this year, and we really got some good ones."
Huckeba noted that a change in scheme has left the offense behind the defense during the first part of spring practice.
"We are working to change from a team that was primarily a passing team to one that has a lot more balance, especially with some of the option stuff we've put in." said Huckeba. "You have to put the new system in, you've got to have patience, and work on it with your team."
"We are just trying to get everything put in," said Huckeba. "To say that we are close to arriving where we need to be would be a mistake."