Colorado Mesa hopes to have new offense mastered by Saturday’s spring scrimmage
The Colorado Mesa football team had four weeks to learn the offense.
Saturday, the Mavericks will see what they can do with what they learned during their spring scrimmage at 10 a.m. at Stocker Stadium.
The one-hour scrimmage is open to the public, with a barbecue after the game.
“We’re looking for a fun day and give them a chance to compete,” CMU head coach Russ Martin said. “It will be a true game situation.”
Martin is dividing the team into two squads. Each squad will be coached by the assistants while Martin, offensive coordinator Bill O’Boyle and defensive coordinator Todd Auer observe.
The scrimmage will be played like a live game, including turnovers, minus live kicking.
Martin said most of his offense and Auer’s defense has been installed this spring, but the scrimmage will focus on fundamental plays.
Starters won’t be chosen until the fall, with the staff choosing to wait and see what players return in the fall proving they are ready to play.
“We want guys to have to compete for jobs,” Martin said. “We expect guys to continue to develop in the summer.
“If it’s important (to the players), they will separate themselves quickly in the first week or two in the fall. They know what we expect.”
A total of 15 players won’t play in the scrimmage because of injuries. All but four missed spring ball because of injuries from last season, Martin said.
Most of the players are redshirt freshmen or sophomores. Three players with starting experience or significant playing time, running back Zach Adair, linebacker Jake Edmiston and safety Evan Atltheide, are sidelined.