Coleman's Hemphill picking up pace at HSU


ABILENE, Texas - As spring football practice rolls to its climax of the Spring Game, the Hardin-Simmons Cowboys are working with confidence.

Each practice is called an "opportunity" to improve on fundamentals and create a foundation with which to build upon.

"At this point I couldn't ask for more from our guys," HSU head coach Jesse Burleson said.

One of those players is junior-to-be running back Jaquan Hemphill. The former Coleman Bluecat burst onto the scene last year by leading the squad with 872 yards on 161 carries and 11 touchdowns.

"You would think after a guy like Jaquan has a lot of success like he did as a sophomore, that they might relax a little bit, but he's working harder than ever," said Burleson.

"He has put on probably 15, 20 pounds of great weight and he's still as fast and as explosive as ever. The sky's the limit with him. There's no telling what he can do. He could be a phenomenal rusher, receiver out of the backfield, he's a great blocker, he can do everything. We're expecting huge things out of him coming up."

After Tuesday's "opportunity" the Cowboys have just five more practices, including the Spring Game on Friday, April 28.

"The big thing is to make sure our communication is 100% percent solid. If we can get the communication down we can get guys in the right spot and allow them to go play fast, where they're not having to think, not having to look around at what the adjustments need to be."