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Posted on Sun, Mar 27, 2011 : 1:17 p.m.

Ron English pleased with progress seen during Eastern Michigan football team's spring practices

By Staff

Midway through his third spring practice with the Eastern Michigan football team, coach Ron English likes what he sees. And hears.

“We’re seeing a lot more physical football team, a lot louder contact on a consistent basis,” English said in an interview with

English said the Eagles, who had the 37th-best rushing attack in the nation last season, continue to perform well in that area. The most glaring area of improvement is a defense that allowed 454 yards per game while Eastern finished the season with a 2-10 record.

Five junior college transfers in the 2011 recruiting class, all defensive players, are already enrolled at the school and participating in practice. Two more juco players will be among the new recruits that report later this year.

The Eagles conducted a 40-snap scrimmage on Saturday.

“(The offense) moved the football and then they got hit quite a bit, and that’s why they fumbled the ball three times. So I was pleased with both the offense and defense,” English said.

“The issue offensively is we moved the ball, but we only scored twice. We really shot ourselves in the foot because we had procedures and turnovers.”

Overall, English said he is pleased with the progress he’s seeing as the team prepares for its April 10 spring game.

“I like the intensity, I like the team, I like the culture in the locker room,” he said. “We just need to finish this thing strong.”

Listen to the entire interview here.



Mon, Mar 28, 2011 : 3:05 p.m.

Juco recruiting may be an extremely good route for English to take. For all of EMU's nearly-insurmountable recruiting disadvantages, being a school that can take Juco recruits is a mark on the plus side. In the MAC, you can go from almost competitive to competitive in the proverbial blink of an eye. As long as it isn't against an elite team playing the spread, English is a great defensive coach, and bringing in a bunch of Juco guys on that side of the ball could help EMU make a quick transition to at least an average MAC team.