By Ray Hamill — It was a very productive spring for College of the Redwoods football, as the Corsairs get set to field a team this fall for the first time in three years.
And the players have been showing plenty of initiative.
“Spring practice was probably above my expectations, honestly,” head coach Jason White said. “This group I have right now is really good and I really like the way they’ve bonded. I feel like they really like each other and they work hard.”
Before the spring sessions even began, the players were out practicing on their own back in February, and White believes that’s a sign of their ambition.
“The desire to work to get better with this group is contagious,” White said. “When you have a team where the players are leading instead of the coaches, that’s when you have a great team.
“Coaches lead good teams, players lead great teams.”
The roster, which is expected to number close to 100, including around 40 local players, will begin summer camp on July 25 and will begin practice in pads two weeks later.
The Corsairs kick off the season at Merced College on Sept, 3 and will play their home opener against San Jose City College at the Redwood Bowl a week later.
White also has seven assistants on staff, all of whom are “dialed in right now,” he said.
Lucas Govan, who was a two-time All-American alongside Alex Cappa at Humboldt State (now Cal Poly Humboldt), will coach the offensive line.
White’s faith in Govan is reflected in the fact this is the first time he has given up coaching the O-Line in 25 years.
“It lets me focus on the big picture more,” White said. “He’s a great fit and I love the energy he brings.”
Eric Helms will coach the quarterbacks, while Mo Purify will coach the receivers.
Former Humboldt State head coach Damaro Wheeler will coach the DBs and will be the team’s defensive coordinator, while White’s longtime assistant at St. Bernard’s and Eureka, Junior Bean, will coach the running backs.
Marcus Coleman will coach the D-Line and Kevin Bernard, who played for Wheeler at HSU, will coach the linebackers.