ENMU looks to start spring drills Monday

Staff report
PORTALES — When it comes to spring drills, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Josh Lynn isn’t used to waiting to see what the weather does.

The Greyhounds are scheduled to open four weeks of practice on Monday, but Lynn said on Saturday that they may push it back a day depending on how the snow situation plays out.

All practices this spring will be at Blackwater Draw, Lynn said. The team’s on-campus practice facility will be the site for a new stadium, which the school hopes will be ready for the 2016 season and is to include two practice fields.

About 85 prospects are expected for spring workouts. Lynn, beginning his fourth season at ENMU, said the emphasis during the spring will be on defense.

The Hounds, coming off back-to-back seven-win campaigns, return nine starters on offense, but only five on defense, he pointed out.

“Defensively, we’ve lost quite a bit,” he said. “We want to look at our younger kids (on defense). Really, we just need to have a good spring of blocking and tackling.”

He said the biggest question mark on offense is at fullback, where Christian Long filled the bill as more of a power back and blocker two years ago and E’lon Spight led the Lone Star Conference in rushing in 2014.

ENMU has one change on its coaching staff, Lynn said. Scott Lewis, the team’s linebackers coach in 2013, has returned after a one-year absence to take over for Oliver Soukup as the team’s defensive co-ordinator.

Lewis, a Pennsylvania native, was at Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) member St. Francis (Pa.) last year as a linebackers coach. Meantime, Soukup recently took a job as the defensive coordinator at New Mexico State.

Lynn said the team plans an intrasquad scrimmage at 9 a.m. next Saturday. Spring drills will be broken up by ENMU’s spring break during the week of March 16.

The annual Silver & Green game will be played on a Wednesday (March 28) at 7 p.m. at Blackwater Draw.