The Texas Wesleyan football team will be holding the third annual Blue & Gold Spring Game on Saturday.

The Rams have been practicing in the off-season on the field and also by lifting weights. This will be the first game the team has played in since the fall of 2018.

Head coach Joe Prud’homme said that he is looking forward to the upcoming game.

“I’m excited; it’s always great to have the wrap-up game for spring ball,” he said.

Prud’homme said that the team has been focused on the upcoming season since the last game last fall.

“We’ve been evaluating the team and players ever since we hung up the pads after the last season,” he said. “We had a great off-season in the weight room, refining our schemes, and raising the bar.”

The game is 2 p.m. at Farrington Field. Justin Arth, a redshirt sophomore and business administration major, wrote in a text message that the game is “more like a scrimmage because of the lack of offensive linemen we have.”

Prud’homme said that the spring game will not be as intense as regular-season games but that the work the team has been putting in is crucial.

“The spring game itself won’t be a big factor, but all of the work and preparation leading up to it will lead to more improvement,” he said.

Prud’homme said the game will be a good opportunity to see the players in action.

“There are several positional battles going on,” he said. “It will also be a great opportunity to see how the players communicate during the scrimmage.”

Arth said that the spring game is a great chance to show everyone how hard the team has been working.

“It’s a great time to showcase to everyone all of our hard work we’ve been putting into this program,” he said.

Arth said that the team has really been putting in work during the off-season and he hopes it shows on the field.

“We’ve had multiple practices, weight lifting sessions, and position meetings throughout the last four or so weeks,” he said. “Each day we are striving to be one percent better than we were the day before. Jermarcus Jones says it best: ‘Progression.’”

Arth said that his main goal is to perform well for all of the fans.

“Personally, I just want to get out on the field and put on a show for all that are coming to watch,” he said. “I’ve put in a lot of work this off-season and it’s time to showcase it.”

Arth said that the goal of the game is for both offense and defense to get some work in and improve.

“Offensively, we just want to go out and make plays and make the defense work to stop us so we all get better,” he said.

Vincent Stephenson, a redshirt senior and business management major, said that the spring game is a really good way to evaluate the team and see the progress.

“Spring games are a good indicator of what is to come next fall,” he said. “It shows off our hard work in practices and workouts as a team during the spring.”

Stephenson said that it is nice to finally get the chance to be back on the field and show everyone the work the players have put in.

“We will have had four weeks of practice, workouts, and film sessions to prepare for the Blue & Gold spring game,” he said. “It will be fun to finally put on a show.”

Stephenson said that the Blue & Gold game is one of the more relaxed games that they compete in.

“The Blue & Gold game is always a good time,” he said.

“Its fun to compete within our own team in a safe and fun matter in front of our fans.”

The Blue & Gold Spring Game is 2 p.m. Saturday at Farrington Field. Admission is free. For more information, go to ramsports.net.

Redshirt sophomore Justin Arth warms up before a 2018 game.
Photo courtesy of Michelle Arth

Redshirt senior Vincent Stephenson played in six out of 10 games in 2018.
Photo courtesy of Little Joe

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