WEATHERFORD, Okla. - New Southwestern Oklahoma State University head coach Dan Cocannouer gets to officially put his stamp on the football program when he presides over the opening of his first spring football practice session as the Bulldogs' field boss. Cocannouer, who was named the Bulldogs head coach in December, is expected to greet 58 players, including 15 returning starters on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.
"It's a very exciting time here," Cocannouer said. "The first couple of practices will be in shorts so we will start introducing the practice environment to our players. At the same time, we'll be doing a lot of installation of what we want to do once we get in pads on Wednesday."
Cocannouer said that he and his new staff enter the 15-day practice session with several clear objectives in mind. "We are going to establish a fundamental foundation," he said. "We are going to distribute our personnel in the best way to be competitive this fall. We need to find out who ‘THE' guys are, find out who should be our front line players and maybe who should be in a different position."
Cocannouer added that with the initial evaluation period will come with some interesting personnel decisions, situations that may require players shifting positions from where they've been listed at the past.
"We've been watching the offseason program and looking at that (personnel) board. We have expectations based on what we saw and what we have seen them do on tape last year," Cocannouer said. "However, there's no substitute for going out there and just playing football."
SWOSU scheduled to hold practices each weekday beginning Monday, March 23 at 2 p.m. The team will culminate the spring drills with the annual Blue vs. White Game on Saturday, April 18 at 2 p.m.