In a cold, crisp Saturday evening, Jeremiah Fiscus, first-year head coach of the McPherson College football team, completed his first spring practice with a team scrimmage.

There were plenty of things that stood out for Fiscus, but overall, he loved the competitiveness from his returning Bulldogs.

“They competed really hard,” Fiscus said after the game. “We had a few mental errors, but that’s what happens when you split the teams up a little bit."

The defense showed promises going into next season led by defensive lineman Charles Tisby, who was a disrupter in the backfield throughout the scrimmage.

“Charles (Tisby) is a guy who has great ability," Fiscus said. "We’ve got to work on his consistency. “When he wants to go, they can’t block him.”

Former McPherson Bullpup Ben Nikkel made his presence known after completing eight catches for the Bulldogs. Nikkel made an impact last season as a true freshman, where he recorded 21 catches for 447 yards and four touchdowns.

“He’s been a very consistent piece of the offense,” Fiscus said. “Ben (Nikkel) has made plays every live situation.”

Fiscus has been recruiting all offseason heavily. On February, he signed 60 players in his 2019 recruiting class. Fiscus hopes to bring in at least 100 players on his roster before the start of training camp.

“I think guys learning to compete and fight is a very big and important thing,” Fiscus said. “The other thing is the reality that some of them need to work on their game. There aren’t any big glaring issues, but there are things that every single of them can take away from this.”

The Bullpups are coming off a back-to-back 3-7 season under former head coach Paul

Mierkiewicz. The Bulldog's opening game will be on Sept.7 as they take on Langston University at the Cessna Stadium in Wichita State University.

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