POPLARVILLE, MS (WLOX) - The Pearl River Wildcats have been practicing the past four weeks under first-year head coach David Saunders.
On Thursday the Wildcats end their spring practice with a scrimmage at Dobie Holden Stadium in Poplarville kicking off at 6 p.m.
"It has been a good spring, and the best thing is we're ending the spring pretty much who we started win, "said Saunders.
He took over the PRCC head coaching job in December and Saunders is hoping to restore their roar after some tough seasons under the win column. Last year's team posted a 2-7 record.
Saunders said, "We've seen progression, especially on the line of scrimmage. We're excited about that. The center position, a couple of guys have identified themselves there, and that was critical going into the spring."
So who has the edge at the starting quarterback job? Sophomore D.J. Gillins, a transfer from Wisconsin won the starting position after the four weeks of spring practice.
Gillins, was a highly recruited quarterback out of Ribault High in Jacksonville, Florida.
"We're going to have the ability to go a lot faster, but we're also going to be able to slow things up when we need to, "stated Saunders. "D.J. has clearly established himself as our starting quarterback."
Returning sophomore Marshall Kranz will provide the Wildcats with an experienced backup at quarterback.
The Thursday scrimmage is expected to be controlled with full team action mixed with a few drills.
Saunders said, "We will have some live 11-on-11, but we will also have some intervals in between the quarters where we allow some work where the guys who are having to take all the reps some transition time between periods."