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UNCP football rushes towards fallBy Dan Kelly
The now towering bleachers visible at Lumbee Guaranty Bank field give off the impression that something big is coming to UNCP that has been over 50 years in the making.
Actually, eager football fans will be able to survey the current football squad and the expectantly finished Bob Caton field house during an intersquad game that will be played on April 20th.
The main focus for Shinnick and the rest of the coaching staff was simple: the Braves were out to recruit size, specifically on the offensive and defensive line.
The other seven recruits fill out a smattering of positions on both offense and defense:
Coach Shinnick said he was very pleased with the recruiting class overall and especially on the number of linemen his staff was able to recruit.“They all bring something different, something unique to the table,” Shinnick said.
While Shinnick wouldn’t rank his recruits in any particular order, he did highlight running back Rashan Kennedy as a standout.
The Braves football coaching staff made a concerted effort to travel to many high schools in North Carolina and contact all of them.
UNCP will need to prepare quickly for the upcoming season, as the team’s preparation hasn’t been ideal in the eyes of Shinnick.
But, once the field house is completed on March 27 Shinnick plans on practicing with pads the very next day. He is also confident the team will be prepared in time.
The coaching staff also isn’t complete yet as the Braves currently have five full-time coaches and one volunteer coach. Shinnick plans on hiring a running back coach to complete the staff.
The team actually started with over 100 players, but many have quit while others were removed.
For the players that were removed, they violated team rules but Shinnick did not comment specifically on any individual case.
The spring intersquad game will be the best chance for the team to assess themselves, the fans to finally see some Braves football and the administration to gauge early demands for parking and seating.