The Bobcat football team faced off against itself in the Sonny Holland Spring Classic Saturday April 22. The sun was shining brightly as the players took the field and the crowd arrived to watch the scrimmage. Fans got to see the Cats play for the last time before the start of next season. They were treated to an impressive performance by freshman quarterback Chris Murray.
Known for his ability to run the ball, Murray used the 90 minute scrimmage to showcase his improved passing ability. One play especially stood out: as the offense approached the red zone, Murray dropped back, standing tall in the pocket, and threw a bullet to fellow freshman Kevin Kassis for a touchdown.
“If it doesn’t have the right velocity and trajectory on it, it’s a dangerous throw, but you could see his maturity and see his growth today,” Head Coach Jeff Choate said. Kassis added, “I don’t think [Murray] made that pass last year, so you can definitely see the footwork and all the hard work he’s been putting in.”
The scrimmage showcased improvement in defense as well. Gang tackling was apparent the whole afternoon with the defense flowing to the ball. The scrimmage also provided a unique perspective for those in attendance without a full stadium. Without the noise of a packed house, you could hear the team calling out plays and communicating. This is something that the team has been sure to work on during all of their spring practices.
After a tough 4-7 season, the team hopes to continue improving into next season. They will need this adjustment as they have a tough schedule, opening up against Pac-12 powerhouse Washington State. They have their first home game against another tough opponent, South Dakota State University, who lost in the second round of the playoffs last year. In week six the team faces off against Eastern Washington, a team who competed in the FCS championship last season. They finish the season at home for the Brawl of the Wild against the University of Montana.