Tarleton State University will officially unveil the 2008 Texan football team at the annual Puprle - White Scrimmage at 7:30 p.m. at Memrial Stadium.
The event concludes the spring practice schedule, and highlights a busy offseason of recruiting, staff changes and workouts.
New to the Tarleton coaching staff this spring are offensive coordinator Jason Munoz, who came from Northeastern State, and defensive coordinator Carie Fowler, from Midwestern State.
Munoz inherits a stable of returning weapons on offense, including running backs Roderick Smith, Michael Sampson and Ty Evans, as well as wide receivers Shamarr Prentice and Devin Guinn.
Back to distribute the ball to those weapons is quarterback Scott Grantham, who led the team to 37.2 points and 452.2 yards per contest in 2007. He completed 60.4-percent of his passes for 2,882 yards and 24 touchdowns while throwing 12 interceptions.
“Most of our experience is on the offensive side of the ball,” said Sam McElroy, who is 22-9 after three seasons as head coach at Tarleton, including a 9-2 mark last fall. “We have a lot of skill players back, and those guys are doing a tremendous job.”
On the flip side, Fowler, who directed the Lone Star Conference’s No. 1 stop unit at MSU last season, is rebuilding a unit depletedby the loss of nine senior starters.
Included in the losses were All-American and three-time LSC South Defensive Back of the Year Ranardrick Phillips, as well as former South Defensive Lineman of the Year Tywain Myles.
McElroy is confident things are coming along smoothly however, especially in the secondary.
“We have some young defensive backs who are doing some good things,” McElroy said.
McElroy listed several potential starters from the class of spring transefers who have impressed him during spring workouts.
“McNeil Uwajuh is a young defensive back who is really athletic,” McElroy said. “He’s been doing great back there.”
Others listed by the head coach include 6-3, 290-pound offensive lineman Michael Hernandez from Cisco Junior College and Smithson Valley, Eric Forman, a transfer from Texas who McElroy says is dangerous at both quarterback and wide receiver.
The agenda calls for two quarters of game simulation with LSC officials, in what McElroy says will be game-like situations minus the kicking game.
“We want to get everyone some reps and give everyone a chance to show what they can do at a particular position,” McElroy said.
Admission to the event is free, and those who are unable to attend, may watch on the Web at tarletonsports.com for no charge.