Spring practice begins this week

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By Jesse Osbourne

The Marion County High School football team began spring practice on Monday and will conduct 10 practices between then and March 27.

Head Coach Jeff Robbins said the team has 15 days to conduct 10 practices. The practice schedule will depend largely upon the weather.

"If we have 10 good days in a row then we'll be done in two weeks," Robbins said.

Robbins is boasting big numbers for this year's spring practice. He said 44 players who will be sophomores through seniors next year will dress out for practice.

Two of those 44 players will be going head-to-head for the quarterback position.

Robbins said junior Jordan Bell and sophomore Ryan Peterson will be competing to replace departing senior Eric Miles at quarterback.

With all the talent coming back, Robbins said the quarterback spot is the only position really in question.

"We've got so much coming back. We'll never say it's a lock but we've got so many kids coming back. Barring any injuries we'll be fine," Robbins said.

Robbins said around 75 students have participated in off-season weight lifting but incoming freshman aren't allowed to participate in spring practice.

"We've got a big incoming freshman class so that will be good," Robbins said.

Of the 10 practices, Robbins said four will be devoted to offense, four to defense, one for an intra squad scrimmage and the last will be the Maroon-White game. Robbins doesn't know the date of the Maroon-White game yet because it is dependent on the weather.