CLEVELAND, Miss. (WTVA/DSU Athletics) – With clear skies and more than decent weather conditions, the Delta State University football team ended the spring season with the annual Green and White game inside Parker Field-McCool Stadium on Saturday, April 20.
The up-tempo, high-intensity scrimmage last just over an hour and consisted of 103 total plays; one of the goals for the new coaching staff this spring was to implement a practice regime, where the pace is faster than what the University of Oregon practices with.
The Statesmen defense put constant pressure on the offensive unit early to get off to a hot start and that pressure resulted in a Brian Walker interception, which he took the length of the field for a touchdown.
Statesmen head coach Todd Cooley took notice of the defensive effort. “Brian, he keeps making plays; he has been a consistent player this spring and when his head is right he's a really good football player.”
The Green and White offense began to settle in and pick up the intensity after wide out Jarvis York picked up his first of three touchdowns on the day. York like several other players have had to make the adjustment to a new position; the once cornerback now wide receiver has been a pleasant surprise for offensive coordinator Joel Williams.
“Jarvis, number one he can run and in this offense that is important,” Williams said. “His hands have developed and he's become a very sturdy receiver for us this spring.”
With the spring practice schedule at an end, Statesmen head coach Todd Cooley is pleased with the progress the team has made through the 14 practices.
“We are right on schedule,” Cooley stated. “we are where we are suppose to be right now but we still need to get these other guys in here that we have signed and the great thing about it is that the guys we have here already can coach the new guys up on how we do things.”
The Statesmen open the 2013 football season against Mississippi Valley State on Saturday, September 07, in Itta Bena, Miss. Kickoff time has yet to be determined.