PITTSBURG, Kan. - (WATCH) Pitt State football hits the field Tuesday morning for their first spring practice of the season.
The Gorillas were 12-1 overall last season. They won the MIAA conference championship and won their first-round playoff game - before falling to eventual national champion Ferris State in the second round.
The Gorillas will wrap up spring drills with their annual spring game on April 14th.
"We just have to keep the mindset of going 1-0. We have to forget last year. We went 12-1 and that was good, but we need to focus on the new year," says offensive lineman Trase Jeffries, "There's going to be new teams and new coaching staffs in other places. We just have to be prepared every week."
"I think we have some veteran players who understand what it will take to be an even better football team this year," says head coach Brian Wright, "We know this year is a new year. Last year we did some great things, but we have to become our own team with our own identity this year. We have a lot of work to do, for sure."
"We just have to get better every day. We have to find one thing to get better at every day as individuals and as a team," says linebacker Luke Jennings, "If we can do that, I think we can close the gap and have a good spring."
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Jacob Lenard has accepted a job at PSU starting in June.
"I knew the day would come eventually, but it's still much harder than I expected.
I'm going to be leaving KOAM in June to take an opportunity otside of television.
It really is a family decision for me. I've missed a lot of time with my son in the last 7 years. He's starting to get into sports and activities, and I wante to be able to be there for him. I get one shot to be a dad. I don't want to blow it.
I love being the sports guy at KOAM. I appreciate all the love you guys have shown me since I took this job nearly 8 years ago.
I hope you know how much I've enjoyed it and how much I love being around all the coaches, players and fans we have here. It's special place for local sports.
I look forward to seeing you out there and thanking you in person over tthe next few months."
Originally from Yates Center, Kansas, Jacob joined KOAM in May 2013, first as a news assistant, reporter, Sports Anchor/Reporter and now Sports Director. He graduated from Pittsburg State in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication, Broadcasting emphasis. Jacob took over as the Sports Director in June 2015. He is married, and has one child.