Apparently, time flies when you are back coaching football.
The Nicholls State University Colonels held their ninth practice of the spring and wore full pads on a sunny and crisp Wednesday afternoon at the Nicholls practice fields in Thibodaux.
After drills ended, Colonels coach Tim Rebowe said he can hardly believe spring practice is already about to come to a close.
Nicholls has just six sessions left, culminating with the spring game at 10 a.m. March 24 on Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium in Thibodaux.
“This was practice No. 9 and I can’t believe how fast it has gone by,” Rebowe said. “We only have six days of work left. We still have a lot of fundamental stuff to do, blocking and tackling, and we just need to be a little more consistent in what we are executing. We are also still trying to build depth on both sides of the ball, but I like our progress so far.”
Rebowe, entering his fourth season as head coach, said this spring has brought about a lot of positives for the Colonels, who are coming off an 8-4 season, which included a 7-2 mark in the Southland Conference and a trip to the first round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
“This spring we have a lot of veteran guys back who know the system and have had some success,” Rebowe said. “That can rub off on some of the other guys and you also have to look at the numbers. We have 90 guys after losing our seniors and that is kind of unheard of. When you have a lot of guys return with plenty quality guys returning, I think it helps with the overall flow of practice.”
Colonels senior-to-be offensive tackle Chandler Arceneaux said the offensive line has been pushing hard during spring.
“Just getting back into football mode has been good,” Arceneaux said. “We have been working on techniques and perfecting our craft.”
Rebowe added that the offensive line has been one of the standout units of camp and the Colonels return plenty of experience within the group with guys like Arceneaux, Eddie Houston, Ryan Hanley, P.J. Burkhalter and Demetrius Gleaton leading the way. The unit has high expectations for the 2018 season.
“This spring is about us coming together and building even more chemistry than we already had,” Arceneaux said. “We are trying to be the best group in the conference this year. We just want to be consistent every play. We want 4 yards on every first down and we want to convert on third down.”
Nicholls senior defensive back senior-to-be Ahmani Martin said the defensive players are also enjoying spring and forcing turnovers has been a point of emphasis.
“The defense is moving fast and everybody is flying around,” Martin said. “We have a lot of guys back and we are putting in some new stuff and going back over the old stuff. We are also trying to get some young guys to be a factor for our defense. We want to create as many takeaways as possible in the rest of the spring because that will help during the season. The Colonels are coming along. We aren’t going to be the sleeper team this year. We’re ready.”
Rebowe also mentioned how he has liked the speed the Colonels have played with on defense this spring.
“We have guys flying to the ball,” Rebowe said. “I like where we are. We are playing fast and we have some good things happening.”
The Colonels will next practice on Friday in shells then hold a scrimmage with live plays on Saturday morning at Guidry Stadium before embarking on their final week of spring practice.