HUNTSVILLE - The Sam Houston State football team closed spring practice Friday evening with a productive outing at Bowers Stadium.

Instead of a traditional spring game due to injuries, the Bearkats followed a practice format, mainly working on situational drills. About 300 fans attended the session, which lasted about 90 minutes.

“It’s hard when you have a spring game and can’t have a live contest when you are keeping score, but we couldn’t do that with our health situation,” head coach K.C. Keeler said. “But tonight was good. I thought we did some really good things. I thought the whole spring we kept getting better.

“The kids really grinded it out in the weight room. We hit the weights really hard three days a week. All in all, I’m happy with the day and happy with the spring.”

The spring game featured multiple sessions with situations and scenarios such as red zone, two-minute drill, third downs and special teams action. They also worked on down-and-distance scenarios.

Two special honors were also handed out to a pair of seniors.

Former safety Adrian Contreras was awarded the Stan Blinka Scholarship. Contreras graduated with a bachelors in BBA/Accounting in the spring of 2018 and is scheduled to complete his master’s degree in accounting this year. He was named to the All-Southland Conference academic team this past season, as well as an All-SLC honorable mention selection for his play on the field.

Contreras was also a finalist for the 2018 STATS FCS Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete Award, named for the wife of legendary Grambling State head coach Eddie Robinson, which is presented to an FCS student-athlete who excels not only in the classroom, but in the community and beyond.

Former offensive linemen Tristan Wendt was the recipient of the Bob Riley Scholarship. Wendt was an All-SLC honorable mention selection last season.