UNC Pembroke

UNCP’s football team opens up spring ball with key absences

UNC Pembroke began spring practice last Thursday for a football team that is coming off the best season in program history.

Last year marked a lot of firsts for the Braves as they achieved their first ever 10-win season as well as their first NCAA playoff victory. Coming off a record-breaking 10–2 season, the Braves are hoping to start off right where they left off last season.

However, the Braves have hit a snug in their efforts with a number of players forced to sit out of practice this past week due to injury or disciplinary issues. Which has been a problem for the Braves in the past.

Last year at this time, quarterback Patrick O’Brien missed spring practice before eventually taking over as starter in the fall.

This year the Braves are once again missing their quarterback, however it is not O’Brien, rather this year they are missing Reggie Pinner. Another major player on the sideline for the Braves this spring is rising junior linebacker Garrett Barnett.

Head Coach Shane Richardson is hoping the absences of these two starters will spike the level of competition in practice with the younger players.

The Braves are returning 12 starters this fall, with six returning on both sides of the ball.

The Braves will host their spring game on April 13, marking the end of spring practice.