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Bucknell Preseason Camp Underway
Team’s First Practice Under Head Coach Joe Susan a Success
Since taking over as head football coach at Bucknell in January, Joe Susan had the chance to work out his veterans in spring practice, and he saw more than three dozen players who stayed on campus this summer for voluntary conditioning. But for the first time in his tenure at Bucknell, Susan stood before his entire roster over the weekend as the Bison commenced preseason practice in preparation for the 2010 opener at Duquesne on Sept. 4.
Saturday was check-in day for the Bison, first for the freshman class in the morning, with the veterans arriving in the afternoon. After a series of meetings, medical testing and equipment handout, the team took to the Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium FieldTurf for the first time late Saturday night for some conditioning testing. More meetings ensued Sunday morning, followed by the first full practice at 3:45 p.m. under a warm sunshine.
The team did not wear pads on Sunday, although it was sporting new adidas practice jerseys. The squad did a little bit of everything, from individual drills to special teams to position group techniques to 7-on-7 passing to some 11-on-11 work.
Practice concluded with timed wind sprints. The team met its goal on the first attempt but missed on the next three. Nonetheless, Susan said afterward that he was pleased with the overall fitness of his team.
“One of our goals is to be the best-conditioned team in the Patriot League,” said Susan. “There are always some exceptions, but the overall level is good, about what we expect for this time of year. Having so many players here this summer working out was a huge benefit.”
Susan also said he could sense an increase in intensity from spring practice. “The players on the team have a better expectation of want we want from them, from an intensity standpoint and a movement efficiency standpoint,” he said. “Obviously, we they are a lot better prepared in terms of what we are doing offensively, defensively and on special teams.”
As is the case each year, all eyes were on the freshman class on day one. While the newcomers are clearly still easing their way into the flow of camp, several stood out on Sunday, and Susan thinks the class will lend help in all areas.
“We have a talented group of freshmen that have a combination of skills both from the speed and power positions and the big positions,” Susan said. “It is great to have our full group out there together. I’m excited to see how we will develop as a team over the coming weeks.”
Preseason camp continues on Monday with a 3:45 p.m. practice inside Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.
By Bucknell University Sports Information