This time around, Mother Nature had nothing to do with Pittsburg State spring football practice.

This time around, Mother Nature had nothing to do with Pittsburg State spring football practice.
After postponing practice on Tuesday because of lightning and heavy rain, the Gorillas jumped out to a bit of a late start to spring drills early Wednesday morning.
“We went out and got the first one over with,” said PSU defensive coordinator Dave Weimers. “The first day is a little rusty but, it went good.”
Even with the first day behind them, Weimers said that he is feeling good about how things look, on the defensive side of the ball.
“We feel better about our experience,” Weimers said. “We know that we have a chance to do some things better than we did last year.
“We have to improve on the things that we aren’t very good at and put some emphasis on those during the spring.”
But, Weimers is keeping things in perspective with just one day of spring drills under the Gorillas’ belt.
“We have some talented kids, there is no doubt about it,” Weimers said. “The task at hand is that no one can be content and we have to keep it moving forward because we are a long way from being where we want to be.”
One way of getting closer to where ‘we want to be’ includes bolstering up the Gorillas’ depth on defense.
“There are some new guys that need to help us and we have to get more options,” Weimers said. “We filled up with a good first group last year but we need more guys that are more capable.”
With just the first day done, Weimers is already feeling better about that depth.
“I think we will be better and deeper up front and that is where you win,” Weimers said. “We are looking to play more of them.”
Weimers continues to have a positive forecast for the 2009 season on defense.
“I think, collectively, we will be faster up front and smarter in the secondary,” Weimers said.
The Gorillas will continue their spring practices at 7 a.m. today at Carnie Smith Stadium.
Injury prone ... With spring drills comes the inevitability of injury. Weimers said Wednesday that both Tyler Bennett and David Vaughn were out of spring drills due to shoulder surgeries but, it was too early to determine their availability for the fall. In addition, Alex Kuhlman and Jordan Karr are nursing hamstring pulls sustained during off-season workouts but were both participating in spring drills. Brian McMurtry has to sit out in the spring and will not take part in spring drills. Due to an NCAA Division II rule that states players have 10 semesters of eligibility — and the fact that McMurtry has used nine — he will take his 10th semester in the fall and be fully eligible to play during the 2009 season.

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