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Jimmies get to work in spring ball offseason workouts

The Jimmies hit the field at Hansen Stadium working to improve upon a down 2021 season.

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The Jimmies' Carlos Julian walks in for a touchdown during a drill at Rollie Greeno Field on April 1, 2022.
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As spring practice gets underway, Jimmies head coach Brian Mistro has seen his team take steps forward on both sides of the ball.

Mistro specifically highlighted running back Frankie Ingraldi, quarterback Cade Torgerson and his trio of wide outs, Micah Madyun, Steve Justice and Javon Bowie. On the defensive side of the ball, he highlighted Aaron Mack’s consistency and Brooks Canfield’s big play ability.

“They had good years last year for a reason, they keep getting better,” Mistro said. “Defensively … Paul Vandal for us is playing on a different level right now. He’s really taken a step, changing his body and changing some of his other stuff that has really turned him into what I think will be a pretty darn good GPAC defensive lineman. … When you have the big trust in those guys it’s been really fun.”

Since March 21, the University of Jamestown football team has been working through spring practices on Rollie Greeno Field. The team has 14 practices before the intrasquad scrimmage, working through drills in their separate position groups occasionally coming together.

The Jimmies are only losing six players from their roster last season, allowing them to head into the spring as a veteran team. Mistro said having a veteran roster makes spring ball easier this year.

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“Most of them have been through it for two, we don’t have a huge senior class again,” Mistro said. “Now, it’s just the consistency and the expectation and the standard that’s been set, those guys' understanding of what we are trying to accomplish.”

Last season, Bowie had 40 receptions for 532 yards and seven touchdowns, which the senior said he is working to improve upon.

“It’s been really good,” Bowie said. “We’ve been making a whole lot of strides, I’ve been making strides myself, it’s a totally different team from last year. I’ve grown a lot, I’ve been more technical on my routes at receiver. I’ve been catching the ball more, which is good, and I’m getting a lot more good feedback from the coaches, so that’s good too.”

One of the perks that spring practice presents to a team is the ability to get better in a way that practices during the season do not. Jimmies running back Carlos Julian said he and his teammates are working on improving an offense that scored just under 20 points a game last year and rushed for under 40 yards a game.

“Spring football is going pretty well, working out the kinks,” Julian said. “We had a stagnant offense last year, trying to get it better.”

The ability for the team to get outside and work on the field at Charlotte and Gordon Hansen Stadium is important to the development of the team, Mistro said.

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The Jimmies' Jonah Lietz finishes a catch during a drill on the field at Hansen Stadium on April 1, 2022.
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