Blue-White game will feature new, familiar faces
by Jay Phillips, Staff Writer
The UWF football team will wrap up spring practice with the Blue-White Spring Game at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday at Pen Air Field.
UWF started spring practice on March 19 and held 14 practices, including three scrimmages, one of which is Thursday’s spring game.
Many notable football players from UWF’s first full three seasons are gone, including quarterback Mike Beaudry, running back Chris Schwartz and wide receiver Ishmel Morrow.
This Thursday’s Blue-White Spring Game will be a chance for fans to check out the faces that will be replacing the players UWF lost.
“We have a lot of new guys on the defensive side of the ball, especially in the secondary,” coach Pete Shinnick told GoArgos. “We’ve got new quarterbacks, and we’re trying to get them in their comfort zones.”
JC Robles, a former three-star quarterback who transferred to UWF from Colorado State, will join UWF’s offense and could give the Argonauts the ability to run and throw from the quarterback position.
Seeing how Robles fits into the offense is one of the biggest questions left facing UWF as they move into next season, especially with other quarterbacks like Evan Johnson, a transfer from Missouri, becoming eligible to play for the Argonauts this season.
Another question surrounding spring practice is who can replace Schwartz at running back, but the Argonauts return Anthony Johnson Jr., the team’s second leading rusher in 2018, for his junior year.
Last season’s spring game was a defensive battle for most of the first half, until a Kevin Grant touchdown got the offense on the board.
The score was kept based on how many points each quarterback’s team scored. This year’s spring game will be kept the same way.
Last year’s spring game was also played without key starters who were missing due to injuries, but Grant shined.
UWF will be without Grant this season, but wide receivers Tate Lehtio, Quentin Randolph and others will be looking to step into even bigger roles.
“We’re going to try to get in around 70 to 80 plays,” Shinnick told GoArgos, “like we did last Saturday.”
Shinnick said they would sprinkle in a few special teams situations, but that the team wouldn’t do any live kickoff or punt returns during the spring game.
“I think fans will get a really good opportunity to see a little bit of what our team will look like,” Shinnick said.
Following the spring game, the Argonauts will face Carson-Newman in their season opener on September 5.
Photo courtesy of GoArgos.com.