On Saturday, April 21 head football coach Joe Glenn will lead the South Dakota Coyotes during his first annual Red vs. White spring exhibition game.
The Coyotes, who went 6-5 in their final season in the Great West Conference, will show off a new team that is replacing 22 seniors from the previous year’s roster.
Glenn said the Red vs. White game combines all the work the players have done over the past few months.
“The Red vs. White Game is the culmination of the second phase (Spring training and conditioning) and a good lead in to the third phase (Summer practice) of our offseason,” Glenn said.
The game starts at 1 p.m. at the DakotaDome and is free and open to the public.
The scrimmage is an important time for the players to show what they can do in a game-like atmosphere early in the year.
“It’s going to be a great chance to see what players can surface going live versus other players,” Glenn said. “It’s going to bring good competition and pump up the position battles.”
Freshman offensive lineman Nick Olson said he is very excited to take place in his first Red vs. White scrimmage.
“It’s going to be tough but I’m excited,” Olson said. “I really think our offense will do well and get after the defense.”
Glenn hopes all facets of the game shine, including special teams.
“We’ve been working pretty hard at our kicking game, so hopefully we can look well in that area,” Glenn said.
Another key to this game will be seeing if the players will be able to pick up the new offense and defense schemes Glenn brings to the team.
Glenn said he doesn’t think this will be an issue for his players.
“Of course you hope the everyone will thrive in the new schemes we are teaching but I truly feel really well about it, “Glenn said. “Everyone has responded really well thus far. There’s been lots of review of videotapes as well as many productive practices.”
This will be one of the first looks of Glenn for the Coyote fan base which hopes to see USD move in a positive direction during their first complete season in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
Olson said the players have responded well to Glenn so far this spring.
“Coach Glenn has been doing a great job so far,” Olson said. “I really like how he challenges us on and off the field and holds us accountable.”