Pitt State football kicks off spring practice

The Gorillas will play their annual spring game April 3rd.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – After an up and down 2020, the Pittsburg State Gorillas are finally back on schedule.

“It feels good to put together a schedule and to be able to follow a calendar,” says head coach Brian Wright, “and when it says day one of practice, we’re out here doing it.”

The Gorillas hit the field Tuesday afternoon for their first spring practice of the season.

“We brought a lot of energy,” says running back Tucker Horak, “We do every day, but it never ceases to amaze me how hungry this team is and how much we really enjoy getting to grind and practice and be around each other every day.”

Pitt State played an abbreviated, non-conference four-game schedule in the fall.

They went 2-2 in their first action under head coach Brian Wright.

“Having those four games really benefitted us in the fact that we got to see how those coaches operate on a game week, and we also got to see how they operate on a game day,” Horak says.

“We got to find out a lot about our football team,” Wright says of playing four in the fall, “It gives us something to build off of and go to work towards.”

The Gorillas are ready for a full schedule.

“Having a shortened season, we still left the season a little but hungry,” Horak adds.

But before they get to fall, this spring is about getting better and staying healthy.

“We have to learn how to play really fast, really tough and really smart at the same time,” Wright says, “We’ve made it a focal point for us this spring, because we have to compete like crazy and we have to work really hard, but we also have to take care of each other and be smart.”

“We’re going to be solid. We’re going to be fast,” Horak finishes, “I can’t wait to see what we do in a full season.”

Pitt State’s annual spring game is scheduled for April 3rd, while their season opener will be September 2nd, on the road against Central Missouri.