(This article originally appeared on NJNR Pressbox.)
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. — Part of the reason for Monmouth University football’s 3-8 record last year can be attributed to lack of fundamentals at key times in close games. They lost four one-point games in 2010, and for coach Kevin Callahan’s team, the focus of spring practice has been on getting stronger and getting back to the basics.
“I thought the [offseason workouts] went really well,” Callahan said recently outside the team equipment room. “We had 24 running sessions, we had approximately 40 lifting sessions since January. I thought we made significant gains in the weight room and our strength levels are much higher than they were going in.
“The biggest thing about spring practice is fundamentals. We’re doing a lot of installation and a lot of teaching right now. We’re trying to some new things on both sides of the ball and trying to install those schemes and work on them. I’ve seen that our guys are hungry are happy and are happy to get back onto the field.”
The offense will be very young going into next year, especially on the offensive line and at some outside playmaking positions. For starting quarterback Kyle Frazier, spring practice is very important to laying the groundwork for a successful final season in a Hawks uniform.
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