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Mercer Spring Football Game set for Saturday; coaching changes announced

The Mercer University football team is set to hit the field for the second annual Spring Game on Saturday, April 5 at Mercer University Stadium. The game – which is free of charge for spectators – is set for a 3 p.m. kickoff.
MACON, Ga. (MERCER RELEASE) – The Mercer University football team is set to hit the field for the second annual Spring Game on Saturday, April 5 at Mercer University Stadium. The game – which is free of charge for spectators – is set for a 3 p.m. kickoff.

The spring game marks the culmination of the team’s spring practice schedule that includes 14 full practices leading up to Saturday’s game. The work comes on the heels of the team’s landmark 2013 season that saw the Bears go 10-2 overall and 6-2 in Pioneer Football League play.

The split-squad Spring Game will see Mercer don white and black jerseys and compete in the first half with traditional timing before playing a second half under a running-clock situation. The game provides fans a chance to see the progression of the team, which returns every starter from the 2013 roster.

“Certainly we’re looking to evaluate our players on tape and put them in an environment similar to the games we’ll play next season,” Mercer head coach Bobby Lamb said. “We still have some position-specific battles that we’ll need to narrow down, so we’ll use this opportunity to make some decisions and look at our depth going into our summer workouts.”

Next fall, the team is set to welcome 20 new players to the mix. The recruiting class, which was announced on National Signing Day (Feb. 5) includes prospects from five different states, including 10 from Georgia.

Mercer will make the transition to the Southern Conference in 2014, a powerhouse Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) conference with rich tradition. The move marks head coach Bobby Lamb’s return to the league, where he starred as a quarterback at Furman from 1982-85 and then coached the Paladins in various capacities from 1986-2010.

COACHING CHANGES

During the offseason, Lamb added a measure of familiarity to his staff as his nephew, Tre Lamb joined the program as Quarterbacks Coach. Mercer Wide Receivers Coach Chino Fontenette was also elevated to a full-time position following the 2013 campaign.

Tre Lamb spent the 2013 season an Assistant Coach at Tennessee Tech, where he helped direct the Golden Eagles’ quarterback group. His appointment at Tennessee Tech came after Lamb spent four seasons on the Tennessee Tech roster, most notably leading the Golden Eagles to the Ohio Valley Conference championship in 2011 as the team’s starter in the pocket.

“Tre has played the position, and been very successful as evidenced by how he led Tennessee Tech to the FCS playoffs,” Bobby Lamb commented. “He brings a wealth of knowledge to our staff and will take a lot off of me from that perspective.”

Fontenette headed up direction of the Mercer receivers group in 2013 and will again roam the MU sidelines in 2014.

“Chino coached receivers last year, and his responsibilities won’t change,” Bobby Lamb said. “The elevation helps him and his family and gives us stability among our staff. Anytime you can retain your assistant coaches, it helps maintain consistency in the program.”

Under Fontenette’s direction, Mercer had five different receivers gross over 100 receiving yards in 2013, led by JT Palmer’s 521 on 30 receptions. The group totaled 23 touchdowns in 2013 and averaged 171.7 yards per game.

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