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Bandits Open Season on Saturday 03-10-14

It's game week for the San Angelo Bandits as their second season begins with the season opener on Saturday Night. Earlier this afternoon at Conchos Downtown Restaurant, first year Bandits Coach Joe Brannen visited about the team.
It's game week for the San Angelo Bandits as their second season begins with the season opener on Saturday Night. Earlier this afternoon at Conchos Downtown Restaurant, first year Bandits Coach Joe Brannen visited about the team.


Randy Ward: Coach Joe Brannen with us, Joe you're going to start off against the West Texas Wildcatters, a team in their first season but it's your first season in San Angelo. So sort of an interesting match-up there. How do you kind of approach a new team on the other side and a new team for you on your side?

Joe Brannen: The new team thing is tough that first game, no one has any film so our biggest concentration is do what we do. As the game goes on we'll have adjustments that need to be made based on different things they're doing with-in their scheme. Going into it is tough with no film, we have to go out and execute on our behalf and let that take care of itself.

Ward: Speaking of your team, how much do you know about your guys, what's your roster size, are you looking to still trim it down before Saturday?

Brannen: So far it's been a very intense camp. In my three years coaching, probably the most talent we've had in an organization as a whole. We brought 35 in, we're down to about 25 right now and still have about 2 or 3 more to let go to get down to our 23 guys and Saturday night we'll dress 18.

Ward: Tell us about the blend of your roster, will there be any players that fans maybe got to know a season ago or is this all new players?

Brannen: It's all new, we came in and decided there was a certain attitude we were looking for, a certain demeanor with these guys we were looking for. We did bring Tavaris Jeffries back who played for about three games for them, Austin Benson played a game last year for San Angelo. They've both looked really good in camp. Shane Hudnall who kicked, he's actually helping coach our defense and our special teams this year so they'll recognize that name.
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