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Things Are Heating Up in Goodwell

Posted Wednesday, July 15, 2009 by staff
Things are starting to heat up in Goodwell and it isn’t just the temperature. With only about 3 weeks left before the 2009 Oklahoma Panhandle State Aggie Football Players report to begin drills, the excitement is beginning to build.
With 40 lettermen returning (25 offensive and 15 defensive) and 19 players with starting experience, hopes are running high. Eighty three players dressed for the 2009 Spring Football game, one of the largest contingents in school history.
“We really only have 2 or 3 positions on the starting unit that will not be heavily contested this fall. So there will be competition at every position. But, that’s the way it is supposed to be. Every position will be earned.” Stated Aggie head football coach Mike Wyatt.
The Aggies are set to report on Saturday, August 8 at 2 PM. They will immediately go through their NCAA Compliance Meetings and then will be hosted by a group of area boosters and local parents with a cookout before checking out their equipment.
The first practice will occur at 7 AM on Sunday, August 10 followed by a brunch sponsored by the OPSU Baptist Student Union and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Later that day, the Aggies will have meetings and a walk-through practice that evening.
“We may have to adjust things a little because of the weather. We hope to open camp with 130+ players for those first practices.” Added Wyatt.
There will be some new assignments in the Aggie football staff for 2009, all of which have as yet to be determined.
“We will move some of the coaches to different areas to create some fresh approaches to the way we do things, but also to aid the coaches in their professional development, as well.” Wyatt noted.
One newcomer to the coaching staff will be Jesse Thompson who will be working with the defensive backs. Coach Thompson, who will also be working to finish his degree, comes to OPSU after having been defensive coordinator at Kemper County High School in De Kalb, Mississippi. Prior to that he coached the safeties at Northeast Mississippi Community College.
Nick Curry who has worked on the coaching staff for the past three years has returned to his native Illinois and accepted a high school assistant coaching position, as well.
“We’ll be ready to go when the players report and are excited about the coming season. We have had a great recruiting year and have a solid group of returnees and there is certainly cause for excitement for the 2009 season, the 90th anniversary of OPSU and the centennial of the university.” Added Wyatt.

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