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May 21, 2014

HUNTSVILLE SPRING FOOTBALL — Hornets learning special teams in spring ball

Huntsville football team to scrimmage at Bowers Stadium today

HUNTSVILLE — Huntsville’s football team has come a long way in 12 practices this spring under new head coach Rodney Southern.

The players are picking up on the terminology, but Southern said Wednesday the challenge is getting them to become more instinctive and reactionary, to not have to think as much when a play is called or certain situation arises.

They also want to master special teams within the next week before the spring game May 30.

Hornet coaches plan to put the team in various unique in-game scenarios through today’s scrimmage at Bowers Stadium.

The tentative schedule as of Wednesday is set from 5 p.m., to 6:30.

As oppose to last week’s scrimmage, in which the Hornets ran just under 120 plays in two hours, this scrimmage is designed to work on red zone execution, sudden changes, field goals and drives.

“We’re at a point where we’re starting to grasp the things they should have by this point,” Southern said. “The thing is getting to where it becomes second nature and you don’t have to stop and think about it. I think some guys are naturally (instinctive). They’re going to let their natural ability take over sometimes.

“But the thing we’ve got to do is make sure everyone is on the same page. Obviously, next Friday when we have our spring game, that’ll be the closest we’ll come to simulating something live.”

Huntsville coaches are comfortable with at least 25 players expected to be core pieces for the team in 2014. About nine of those players are expected to add to the Hornets’ depth on both sides of the ball, Southern said.

The Hornets do not have a lot of depth on either the offensive or defensive line and coaches plan to play some of the interior guys on both sides.

“I’m pleased with where we are, but we’ve still got a long way to go,” Southern said.

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