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Grossner optimistic about Wildcats’ upcoming season

August 4, 2011

Baker University football coach Mike Grossner has been happy with the spring and summer training of his Wildcats, who officially start practice Aug. 12.

Before he starts the season, Grossner will be heading to Kauffman Stadium Monday for the Heart of America Athletic Conference media day. It will be his chance to talk about the Wildcats’ upcoming season.

“It’s flying by,” Grossner said of the summer. “We’ve had a nice summer. A lot of the guys stayed around. We’ve about 35 working out every morning on a regular basis. We’ve had about 50 show up for 7-on-7 games.”

Baker has been busy during the spring and summer months preparing for the fall. They Wildcats have been lifting weights, playing spring ball and participating in 7-on-7 passing drills against their own team.

One goal for the offseason has been installing new offensive terminology. Miguel Regalado, offensive line coach, will be Baker’s offensive coordinator this fall.

“We installed a new offensive terminology,” Grossner said. “We started that in the string. We have similar philosophies, but different terminologies, so the guys had to relearn. We were a little slow in the spring, but we picked it up this summer. I feel like everything is coming together.”

While working on the new terminology, the Wildcats have played weekly games of 7-on-7 at Liston Stadium. In past year, Baker has played Ottawa in past years, but this year it was an intra-squad games.

“We will be a young team, but we will have experience,” Grossner said. “A lot of those young guys played last year. We have a lot of game experience, but we are young as far as age.”

Baker will begin practice Aug. 12. It’s first game will be Aug. 27 at Liston Stadium against Ottawa. The Wildcats will play their second game also at home. It will be against HAAC-newcomer, Peru State.

“In those first three games, we turned the ball over 12 times,” Grossner said. “We won’t beat anybody doing that. We got it settled, figured out who were and won seven of the last eight games. We have to get out of the gate better this year.”

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