Wildcats usher in new era in Spring Showcase

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Spring Showcase

Bill Snyder Family Stadium had a different feel Saturday afternoon as the Wildcats Spring Showcase ushered in a new era of football in Manhattan.

First year head coach Chris Klieman and his coaching staff led the drill through a variety of drills in front of the Wildcat faithful.

The showcase wrapped up with a 30 minute scrimmage.

While the crowd saw some familiar faces on the field, like quarterback Skylar Thompson, there were plenty of new faces.

Running back James Gilbert is coming over from Ball State, while Hunter Rison, the son of former NFL wide receiver Andre Rison is eligible after coming over from Michigan State a year ago.

“Just the mental part, playing with our eyes, playing with our first seven, knowing the cadence, lining up the right way, toward the end I felt like we were doing it good and started playing efficient and playing fast,” said Gilbert.

As for the Wildcats new leader, Klieman spoke about what he liked on the field today and what he hopes to see going forward.

“I’m excited to see, once again, just like everybody else, when we re-install all of this stuff when we get to early fall and August, how retention everybody has, so that they just play faster, said Klieman.

The Wildcats will open up their season at home against Nicholls State on Saturday, August 31st.

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