SMSU FOOTBALL: SPRING GAME: Mustangs have moments

MARSHALL – The Southwest Minnesota State football team held its annual Spring Game on Saturday and the Mustangs switched the format from previous years as there were a mix of scrimmages, drills and side contests.

Overall, Mustangs coach Cory Sauter was pleased with what he saw from his guys.

“It was nice because both sides of the ball had some good moments,” Sauter said. “We had some touchdowns and we had some turnovers. Both sides were competing and getting after it. The main thing was that we came away from it injury free.”

While Sauter was pleased with the way things went, he made sure to point out the work is just beginning. He would like to see his players work well in the offseason and over the summer in particular in the weight room.

Sauter and the rest of the coaching staff got a good look at all quarterbacks as likely returning starter Charlie Kern, Chris Stemen, Cody McCleve and Blake Gimbel all got snaps.

While Kern is the clear-cut starter, barring an offseason injury, the backup battle is still up in the air.

“We’ll start from square one,” Sauter said. “All those guys will come in to fall camp with an even start. We’ll see how bad they want it. A lot of times you can tell what they’ve been doing all summer long. Just because they have one good scrimmage, doesn’t mean they’re the guy. It’s a consistency thing.”

Sauter was also pleased with the play on the defensive side of the ball and liked their pace of play.

They were able to create some turnovers.

“You have to be able to do that in this league,” Sauter said. “There’s so many good offenses out there. There might be some lengthy drive, but if you can stop them at some point and capitalize on a mistake, that’s going to help us. We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but it’s good to see those guys figuring out where they need to be and playing aggressive.”