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Bulldog football began preparing for the 2010 season as they opened spring football drills on Monday, March 15. By Wally Feldt The University of Montana Western football team opens spring football on Monday, March 15, 2010. The Bulldogs will practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays, scrimmage on Saturdays and watch film on the off days. Bulldog coach Rich Ferris and staff  set several goals for the spring session “This spring won’t be a period of evaluation,” head coach Rich Ferris said. “The players have worked hard through winter conditioning. Now it all comes together and by the time we play our third scrimmage, we want to have a very good idea of what our team will be in the fall.” The Bulldogs will add a new twist to their 2010 season when they play the Red and Black scrimmage in Ronan, Mont. This will a homecoming of sorts for 25 of the Bulldog players who come from the area. “This is as close to a real game as we can get,” Ferris added. “When we scrimmage at Vigilante, it still takes on the feeling of a practice. The scrimmage at Ronan will have the true atmosphere of  an away game. We will be dressing in someone else’s locker room, warming up and playing on someone else’s field.” The Bulldogs will cap spring drills with the annual Alumni game on Saturday, April 24, 2010.