After four weeks of intense teaching and physical contact, Northeastern A&M’s Golden Norsemen coaching staff will conclude their evaluation tonight during the annual Blue-Gold intrasquad scrimmage at 6:30 p.m. on Robertson Field.
“We’ve been able to achieve two of our three main goals,” first year head coach Don Bigby said. “We’re at a point were we still don’t have a clear-cut idea on how many of these guys will be able to help us next year.”
The scrimmage will start with warm up drills and work on the kicking game. After 10 minutes, the team will participate in the “Oklahoma drill.”
Players on both the offensive and defensive lines will take part in “seven-on-seven” and “one-on-one” drills starting at 7 p.m. The actual scrimmage starts at 7:30 p.m.
“Our first goal was for the players to learn to become more physical,” Bigby said. “It’s not that we wanted them to play thugs and beat people up, but we want them to have good form and technique when they tackle and they’ve accomplished that.”
“Another goal was for them to enjoy being physical,” Bigby said. “It appears that they are doing that, but we’ll find out tonight.”
Two surprises on the defensive side of the football has been development of defensive end Michael Billingsley and linebacker Shamichael Murray.
“Billingsley (6-3, 250 of Oklahoma City) has really increased his productivity, thanks in large part to coach (Stacey) Satterwhite,” Bigby said. “Murray (6-1, 220 of Wagoner) has developed into a real hitter that likes to put a lick on the ball carrier.”
Returning wide receiver Taylor Antle has stepped up as a leader on the offensive side of the football.
“Taylor has had an excellent spring,” Bigby said. “He’s running very precise, disciplined routes and is catching everything thrown his way.”
The only goal not reached during the spring was the clarity of several starting positions.
Starting center Ryan McCaul and right tackle Levy Adcock are both expected to transfer at the end of the semester.
McCaul (6-4, 280 of Del City) has several offers to select from while Adcock (6-5, 290 of Claremore Sequoyah) will attend Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.
Grades also may lead to the loss of a couple others along the interior offensive line, Bigby said.
Immediately following the scrimmage, a tailgate party, hosted by Gene Waylan of the Ku-Ku Drive-In will be held in the north end zone. Tickets are $5 per person for hamburgers, chips and a drink.
Monty Franks, 542-5533, ext. 3054