by Jay Phillips, Staff Writer

UWF’s football team started spring practice on March 21 and are getting ready to end practice with the Blue-White Spring Game on April 18. Despite only have a month of practice under their belts, the Argonauts are excited for what’s in front of them.

UWF is coming off a 6-5 season, but the Argonauts hope to get back to playing the level of football that got them to the national championship two years ago. That all starts with spring practice.

“In spring practice we work on the basics,” wide receiver Stan Johnson said. “Fall practice is more about running our playbook, but you have to have the basics down first.”

UWF will have a new quarterback this season with Sam Vaughn graduating and Mike Beaudry transferring to UConn.

Last season Vaughn took over for Beaudry, who was injured in the season opener.

This season UWF’s quarterback could be J.C. Robles, a transfer from Colorado State, or Grey Jackson, who moved back to quarterback for his senior season.

Johnson has worked with Robles this spring and thinks he will be a good fit for the Argonauts.

“[Robles] is smart,” Johnson said. “If someone is open, he’s going to throw it to them, but if no one is open, he’ll throw it into the ground or make another good decision. He won’t force anything.”

The Argonauts go through 14 total workouts in a four-week span for spring practice. Three of those workouts are live scrimmages, with the last of those three being their spring game.

The Argonauts run plays and test their different units in real time during the live scrimmages. In addition to getting back on the field, the Argonauts have also spent plenty of time in the weight room.

“We’re trying to maintain what we’ve gained in the 10 weeks prior to this,” wide receiver Tate Lehtio told GoArgos. “In the beginning of spring practice we try to put on muscle and put on speed.”

Johnson believes the spring practices and roster additions are paying off.

“We’re faster, speed wise,” Johnson said. “Every unit looks faster, and I think that makes us look like a special team.”

UWF will have a scrimmage at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Pen Air Field before closing spring practice with their Blue-White Spring Game on April 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Pen Air Field. All practices are open to the public.

UWF will begin the 2019 season with games at Carson-Newman and at Shorter. The Argonauts will also play games on the road against West Georgia, Florida Tech and Valdosta State.

UWF will host Virginia-Lynchburg, Mississippi College, Delta State, North Greenville and West Alabama in 2019.

Photo courtesy of GoArgos.com.