Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Afternoon Update

This won't help their SOS any...

ACU adds Fort Lewis for 2009
ACU director of athletics Jared Mosley announced Tuesday that the Wildcats have added Fort Lewis College to the 2009 football schedule, filling ACU's open date and giving it an 11-game schedule.

The Wildcats and Skyhawks will play on Saturday, Sept. 5, at Shotwell Stadium with a 6 p.m. kickoff. The Wildcats will not return the game in 2010 as the schools signed just a one-year contract. Fort Lewis had a game to fill after Northern Arizona dropped the Skyhawks from its schedule.

The Skyhawks are part of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and finished 2-9 in 2008. The Skyhawks are just 3-18 in the last two seasons and have only scored 209 combined points, including 111 last season when they averaged 10.1 points per game.

So far, so good
When Tim McCarty talks about the positives from his first spring camp as East Central University’s head football coach since 2005, he uses words like “enthusiasm”, “intensity”, “effort”, “hustle” and “attitude”.

Depth and talent? We’ll see.

“There has been a very, very good enthusiasm and high intensity — that’s one thing you’re looking for, and we’ve seen that kind of effort and self-motivation,” said McCarty, who inherited a team that went 3-8 in 2008 and a program that won just eight games in three seasons under former coach Kurt Nichols. “Defensively, I’ve been pleased this spring, especially this last week. You can see the kids are starting to understand how they should fit in their area and understanding technique, and there’s been a general hustle and getting to the ball with an attitude.

“There’s still plenty of work for our staff to do,” McCarty noted. “We’re chewing at the bit to put the pieces together. I don’t think anybody sits back and say ‘we’ve got what we want’. We’re pleased with effort and enthusiasm, but we have a lot of work to do in the talent department.”

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