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Spring football practice starts Tuesday for Tigers

UPDATE: Spring game moved to BAHS Indoor Practice Facility at noon Saturday

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5cd9cb48addc2Coach David Alexander and his players are anxious to get on the field for spring practices.
Coach David Alexander and his players are anxious to get on the field for spring practices.

With the moniker of “Defending State Champions,” the Broken Arrow Tigers first day of spring football practice will carry a different vibe then all those that have come before.

“The kids’ attitude in the weight room this winter was different,” head coach David Alexander said. “It wasn’t ‘yeah, we’re going to go win,’ it was ‘hey, we’re winners and let’s act like and work like it.’ It was a fantastic off season. These kids have amped it up with their expectation levels.”

No matter how energetic this group was during winter conditioning, it was still not the same as getting on the field and actually practicing football.

“We’re ready,” Coach David Alexander said of the coaches and athletes that are gearing up for the 2019 season. “It’s a long winter working out. It’s time to put on the pads and start practicing on Tuesday. “

The Tigers will be just four days into their allotted 10 days of spring practice when they host their annual spring game Saturday. The spring game events will begin at noon, but have been moved from the BA Freshman Academy to the indoor practice field at the Varsity Training Center due to threat of thunderstorms.

“We’ve never done a spring game, so to speak, because we have it so early in the practice schedule.” Alexander said, “We’re going to have a good time with it and do some things similar to what we did last year. We’ll also get some work done.”

The non-practice activities will include skill contests involving players and challenge events involving dads and coaches. New lights are being installed and other construction projects are currently underway at BA Memorial Stadium, so that field is not available.

The Tigers return several starters and players who logged valuable minutes of game time in 2018. One position battle to watch, however, will be at quarterback. For the third straight season Broken Arrow will have a first-year starter at quarterback. The two guys vying for the job are juniors-to-be Seth Dodd and Jake Rains.

“Both of them are super great kids,” Alexander said. “We’re going to put some heat on them mentally and physically and see who is ready to take us on another run next fall. We’re hoping one of these guys wins the job outright and just really takes off and holds that job for two years.”