Argonauts ready for first spring game

Quentin Randolph walked off the practice turf at the University of West Florida Friday afternoon satisfied with the effort he had put forth during another day of spring football practice.

On Saturday, the former Navarre wide receiver will get an opportunity to showcase his talents at the Argos’ inaugural spring game, which kicks off at 11 a.m. on the campus field where artificial turf was installed earlier this year.

“It’s exciting that we have an official spring game,” Randolph said. “We get a chance to show people how hard we have been working.”

West Florida head coach is pleased with how hard his players have worked this spring and the chance to have actual practices this year has helped move the program closer to where it wants to be when the curtain rises in September on the NCAA Division II school’s first season in program history.

“We’ve had great effort, great attitude and great energy from the players,” Shinnick said. “Every day we are getting closer to playing and being the type of team I think we are capable of being this year.”

Randolph is doing what he can to be ready. He had a chance to practice with the team in the fall and his progress has carried over into the spring.

“(Wide receivers) coach (Jammie Dease) has been getting on me about my stance,” Randolph said. “I know going into the Gulf South Conference there are good corners and I have to be ready to be at my best if I’m going to make plays.”

That is exactly what Shinnick wants from his players as they get set to compete in one of the toughest D-II conferences in the country. He has been through the process of building program from the ground up before – he started the UNC Pembroke program in 2005 – and believes this team is on the right track.

“We’re doing everything a normal team would do at this stage in the process,” Shinnick said. “We’re re-refining things and put our players in a position to be successful. We know what guys can and cannot do and we want to turn their weaknesses into strengths.”

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