Building a football program from scratch is a long process, but University of West Florida football coach Pete Shinnick is pleased with how far his team has come in a short period of time.
The Argonauts have been on the practice field since mid-August, putting in the time to be ready to roll in their inaugural 2016 season, and they have shown glimpses of their potential.
“We have great competition. I really like how the guys continue to fight and work through everything,” Shinnick said. “You have to go with the ebb and flow of it because these are young players, but I see a great desire in them to get better.”
UWF put its talent on display in a public scrimmage Sept. 12 on campus, playing in front of a crowd of close to 700. Fans brought their own chairs to sit along the sidelines while a fraternity set up a couple of couches to watch the game from behind one of the end zones.
“It (the fan support) blew me away. It far exceeded my expectations,” Shinnick said. “We came down to get ready about 10:15 a.m., and there were already 50 people here. The key component is that this was the first time our fans could see their team. It was fun to show them who we are.”
Former Navarre standout Quentin Randolph, a wide receiver for the Argos, enjoyed the opportunity to play in front of fans, something he hasn’t done since last November when his high school career ended.
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