After competitive spring game, coach says NSU is ‘just a couple guys away’


NORFOLK — The Norfolk State football team wrapped up its spring practice period on Saturday by spending the better part of two and a half hours scrimmaging against each other at William Dick Price Stadium in front of fans.

“I’m quite sure we did some good things, did some bad things — a typical spring,” head coach Dawson Odums said. “… Very competitive. I really thought our guys flew around. The main thing we wanted to achieve is nobody gets injured out here because you’re at the end and this is the last one, you don’t want to go into the offseason with a whole bunch of injuries. I think for the most part we stayed healthy.”

Quarterback was one of the top positions to watch during the spring game. Otto Kuhns, Norfolk State’s starter for most of the past two seasons, was still not with the team Saturday. A Norfolk State athletics spokesperson told The Pilot at the start of spring practice that Kuhns was temporarily away from the team.

“He’s temporarily from the team, but hopefully he’ll be back this summer and get ready to see how this thing looks and how it plays out during summer camp,” Odums said.

Cameron Sapp was the first quarterback to take snaps Saturday. Sapp, who transferred from Florida A&M last year, played in five games and started two for the Spartans last season. In that time, he threw for 553 yards and six touchdowns.

“It looked like he was more comfortable today than he’d been a little bit throughout spring ball,” Odums said. “It looked like he had more command of his reads and went to the right places. Again we’ll look at film to confirm that, but from just a naked eye, it looks like he was making the right reads and putting the ball in the right places.”

Copiah-Lincoln Community College transfer JaVon Tott and former Phoebus High star Nolan James followed Sapp in…

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