Hastings College football adjust game-plan with no spring practice

Published: Mar. 23, 2020 at 4:44 PM CDT
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The Hastings College football team's spring practice was supposed to begin Monday, March 30, but with all NAIA activities suspended or cancelled, the Broncos are changing their game-plan.

"We're going to try to keep it as normal as we possibly can in this tough time. More importantly than just doing the football part, it's us being able to see those guys," Harper said. "Those guys being able to see us. We're going to include our newcomers and our recruits in all this too, just to show these guys that we're still excited and we're still planning on doing some good things."

Coach Harper said the biggest challenge they face is trying to build team chemistry with no face-to-face contact between players, but they do have a system in place for it.

"We have team leaders, we call them the stable. Those guys in the stable they have team members, they're the leader of their only little group," Harper said. "We're going to do video chats and we're going to reach out to those guys and we're going to give them assignments, on top of everything. It's like you said though, not everyone is going to do it but this is a way where you teammate can hold your peer accountable."

The Broncos graduated 14 seniors from last years team. Coach Harper said he expects 94 to 95 guys on the roster for 2020. With the bigger roster, he expected position battles across the depth chart this spring but he now has to wait until fall camp to make those decisions.

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