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Raiders welcome spring football, new coaches on Saturday

Spring camp was a sign things are trending towards normal in the sports world this year. This season, the SOU Raiders also welcome three new coaches to the fold.

Posted: Apr 10, 2021 11:05 PM
Updated: Apr 10, 2021 11:37 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. — Spring flowers are blooming and Raider Stadium is bustling with life as the Southern Oregon University football team returned to the field Saturday for their first spring camp in over two years.

Practice started with exuberant screams and hollers as the pent-up energy from no football season in the fall or spring finally was allowed to boil over. The excitement could be felt with the new coaches entering the mix for the Raiders.

Jerome Souers takes over as the new defensive coordinator and is joined by one of his former coaches from Northern Arizona University Tim Davis. Davis is the Raiders' new offensive line coach and his son, Nick, is the new Tight Ends coach. For all of them, today was a special day.

"It was really exciting to see the look in [the players'] eyes today. It's like Christmas morning," Souers said after practice ended.

It's been a long time coming for SOU, after having their fall season didn't happen and then they opted out of a spring season. One player told NewsWatch 12 Sports that just seeing all his teammates on the field brought a smile to his face.

Spring practices will continue over the next few weeks, as the Raiders get a sense of what their team will look like this fall. There will be a new starting quarterback with Wyatt Hutchinson not returning next season as well as plenty of other opportunities for Raiders to shine. Either way, the players at spring camp have certainly earned every second on the field.

"They've been so patient and so resilient," Souers said. "And I think that the true character and desire allowed them to stay the course. And so, I'm so proud of the way that they managed themselves and each other through this process."

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