SOU Football Announces Spring Football Schedule | Sports

ASHLAND, Ore — The Raider football team is feeling new life after returning to a normal off-season routine. SOU will look to channel that energy into improvements in the spring of 2022. Southern Oregon Football announced its spring football schedule on Tuesday.

The Raiders will have 14 practices starting Tuesday, April 5. Spring Camp will conclude with the SOU Spring Game on Friday, May 6. The spring game will be played at Raider Stadium in Ashland.

“First of all, I think it’s been a great winter. That said, it’s our first winter in about two years,” said SOU head coach Charlie Hall. “You know, football is one of those things where you can’t just skip an off-season. Certainly you can’t skip a season like we did in 2020 either. So trying to get back to a normal routine is just critical enough.”

The Raiders, who just finished a 3-7 season in 2021, will look to put all the pieces together at once. A recurring theme in 2021, particularly during a five-game losing streak to the end of the season, was how the Raiders struggled to get offense and defense to play well in same time.

“I think the most important thing in general, from a football perspective, is just to improve our football intelligence to be able to handle more situations,” Hall said. “Last year, coming out of COVID, we were just trying to get our legs under us. We were really focused on the fundamentals and learning to play the game after being away from it for so long.”

Hall hopes the release of new defensive coordinator Neil Fendall and the return of a majority of the young 2021 roster will help resolve those issues.

The SOU head coach also played two different roles in 2021. Hall acted as head coach and offensive coordinator. This year, Hall will hand over offensive responsibilities to 2021 receivers coach Austin Brown.

An important part of SOU’s returning roster will be the quarterback room. Matt Struck will return to the program but will be limited in the spring as he battles some injuries. Although he is limited, he will be the favorite for the starting quarterback role.

“He really took on, even in an injured role if you will, he took on a very strong leadership role on our team. He really bonded with the players,” Hall said. “But I never count Blake [Asciutto] outside. He has incredible confidence.”

Blake Asciutto, who started three games in place of Struck while injured, will get the majority of reps in spring training.

Newcomer Levi Durrell, of Newberg High School, will also be available for spring practice after graduating early.

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