Rocky making headway in spring football

2014-03-29T15:45:00Z 2014-03-29T23:06:04Z Rocky making headway in spring football The Billings Gazette
March 29, 2014 3:45 pm

One third of the way through its spring football practices, Rocky Mountain College is making steady improvement.

The Battlin' Bears changed venues on Saturday morning in staging a two-hour workout on the Wendy's Field turf at Daylis Stadium.

"We've got a long way to go, but we're getting better," Rocky coach Brian Armstrong said afterward. "I really believe that we have come out and gotten better every day.

"We're on track offensively. If we're going to be successful next year we're going to have to be very efficient. We're going to have to use tempo to our advantage. Defensively, I think we've got a chance to be pretty dang good. At least I think we've got some good players over there. Hopefully we can find the right combination."

Rocky will be back at Daylis on Sunday afternoon as it builds momentum for its spring game, which is set for 1 p.m. on April 12 on Herb Klindt Field.

Armstrong said the Bears, who went 8-4 last fall, have shown depth and talent on the defensive line, along with the secondary.

Rocky is working to develop some linebackers, offensive linemen and young receivers, while Jade Olson has continued to excel at tailback, along with seasoned quarterbacks Bryce Baker and Chase White, and veteran wide receiver Cole Cattelan.

"I think we've got a lot of the parts," Armstrong said. "Now we've got to figure out how to put the motor together, so to speak."

One interesting wrinkle this spring has All-America wide receiver Andre McCullouch performing in the secondary.

"He'll play some both ways," Armstrong said of the speedy McCullouch's status for the fall. "I don't know if that will be an offensive player that plays defense or a defensive player that plays offense ...

"He'll play defense for the rest of the spring and then we'll evaluate where we're at."

Rocky is scheduled to be back at Daylis at 4 p.m. on Sunday before returning to campus next week.

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