KENNESAW -- Kennesaw State football coach Brian Bohannon is looking for one thing from his team during spring practice -- improvement.
With the Owls needing to find nine new starters on offense, and fill other holes on defense, Bohannon just wants the Owls to find a way to get better every day.
"We're looking for incremental improvement," he said. "Right now, we're looking for all the guys to do the right things. Line up right and compete. Each individual is making strides."
While Bohannon has been pleased with what he has seen so far, he is glad the season opener is still almost six months away.
"We are nowhere near ready to play a college football game," Bohannon said, "but the attitude overall has been positive."
One of the key places Kennesaw State has to focus on is the offensive line.
Bohannon said Nick Eldridge, the lone returning starter on the line, has been having a good spring, and other players have started to make their mark. Freshman Zion Katina has made good strides, and Bohannon said sophomore William Nana Fabu, who saw significant playing time last year as a backup, has been solid at center.
"It's a bunch of young kids," Bohannon said. "But you see some guys getting better."
Another one of the guys getting better is quarterback Daniel David. After throwing for 723 yards and running for 452 over the last three years primarily as a backup to Chandler Burks, Bohannon said the senior is making good decisions and having a good spring as the projected starter.
Defensively, Bohannon said former Cherokee High School standout Bryson Perry has stood out at defensive back. Bohannon said the defense needs to find additional starters at safety and the interior of the defensive line. He is also looking for depth at nearly every position.
All of the players will get a chance to put the offseason work to use Friday. The Owls will host the first of three scrimmages as they lead up to the end of spring practice.
"It will be the first time for a lot of the kids to play in a game-like situation," Bohannon said. "We want to see guys do their job and compete.
"We're on Day 8 right now. The guys have soreness and are fatigued. Right now, its a grind."
SPRING GAME SET
The Owls will hold their fifth annual spring game Friday, March 22.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. Admission is free and the game will be televised on ESPN+.
The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a free commemorative poster. Fans will also be able to get player autographs after the game.