Football Spring Practice Report: March 29

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa — Thee Drake University football team completed its first week of spring practice on Tuesday at Drake Stadium.The Bulldogs practiced for two hours under sunny skies with temperature in the low 60s. The team wore helmets, shoulder pads and shorts for the workout and were able to crack the pads for the first time this spring.After two practices in just helmets, the men in the trenches were able to get physical for the first time this season. The defensive line was ranked second in sacks in 2015 after leading the Pioneer Football League in 2014 and are focused this spring on using this time to help get the Bulldogs back on top of the sacks category. Drake returns the league leading sacks leader, senior Mack Marrin, who tallied 8.5 sacks and will look to see more production from junior Nathan Clayberg, who ranked third-best on the team with 3.5.The offensive line are up to the challenge of going against the strong defensive line and are emphasizing on better pass protection this spring after giving up 40 sacks last season. The Bulldogs will use this time to help groom two new starting offensive tackles after losing All-PFL Aaron Johnson and Jack Beck. Drake returns fifth-year senior Aaron Melton, senior Ryan Lemke and junior Grant Snow to the interior of the line.   The Bulldogs have 10 practices remaining until their annual Blue and White Game on Saturday, April 23.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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