Brady Lorimor

Sidney graduate and Northwest Missouri State freshman Brady Lorimor is preparing for the 2020 football season from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Sidney graduate Brady Lorimor calls the postponement of spring activities a “chance to set myself apart.”

The 2019 Sidney graduate and Northwest Missouri State freshman had just started spring break, which was to be followed by his first spring football session as a Bearcat.

Lorimor redshirted last fall, so he will go into this fall still a freshman in terms of football eligibility with goals of making the travel squad as an offensive lineman. He said that will be difficult but it’s part of what makes this spring so important.

Lorimor said he receives workouts from the program’s strength coach and the coaching staff conducts position meetings on Zoom where they go over plays and formations.

“I have watched a lot of film,” said Lorimor. “There is a lot to go over. We have a new offensive coordinator.”

Todd Sturdy is the new offensive coordinator for the Bearcats after serving as the head coach at Mid-America Nazarene (Kan.) for the last two seasons.

Following those workouts and lifting weights at a high level are the difficult things that must be done this spring, so Lorimor can be ready for this fall.

“I’m lifting in my basement,” said Lorimor, “but trying to match the intensity of lifting with 150 other guys challenging each other, is tough.”

Lorimor said he had a good first fall in Maryville.

“It was a whole new game,” said Lorimor. “Different schemes and more intense practices. It was much faster, but once I figured it out it wasn’t bad. It was getting easier as the season wore on.”

Lorimor estimates there will be three new spots available for linemen on the travel team. He’s one of about 10 freshmen, plus the linemen who didn’t make the travel squad last year, fighting for those spots. He expects the individual work each lineman does on his own will go a long way in determining those spots.”

“This is nothing like we have seen,” said Lorimor. “It will show in practice.”

Lorimor continues to take online classes to finish his freshman year in the classroom. He said it’s a lot more laid back than being on campus.

“Most of it can be done on my own time,” said Lorimor, “and built around my schedule. There’s a lot more time to get things done.”

The Bearcats open the 2020 season, Thursday, Sept. 3 at Fort Hays State.

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