Nicholls football will officially begin the 2009 season this afternoon with its first spring practice at 2 p.m. on the grass practice fields adjacent to Ray E. Didier Field.
“This is always an exciting time of year for every program,” said head coach Jay Thomas. “I know the student-athletes are looking forward to it, along with the coaching staff. We have some key areas that we have to replace some players, and have a lot of guys looking to prove themselves.”
The Florida A&M University Football team begin conducting spring training, or their annual “15 Days of Spring” practice sessions beginning today.
A team thinks they walk on water. Can’t lose. Looks at opponents like new grass — something to walk on.
But no matter how mighty the bombast, stunning the uniforms or glowing the newspaper clips, oh how the mighty can fall.
No one knows that age-old story better than local businessman Bruce Freeman, who played in what’s got to be one of the greatest upsets in football history — Ivy League football history at least. The game, which includes more subplots than a teenage love affair and a cameo role by former Bakersfield newscaster Don Clark to boot, has been captured in a new documentary winning critical raves in the bigger cities that get raved-about documentaries (alas, not Bakersfield — at least not yet).
University of Delaware Director of Athletics Edgar N. Johnson, who led the Blue Hen athletics program to unprecedented success and through sweeping change during his 25-year tenure, has announced his retirement.
Spring football begins Wednesday March 25 for the Sam Houston State Bearkats.
Head coach Todd Whitten and his staff will welcome back 39 lettermen including 10 starters for the month-long spring drills.
“You have to take ownership of your life,” Appalachian State University football Coach Jerry Moore told Foothills Correctional Institute inmates at Burkemont Baptist Church on Friday.
Moore spoke to the 14 men as part of the One Day With God program hosted by Forgiven Ministry in Taylorsville.
Using as examples his own failures in life and the leap of faith he took to move to Boone from Texas, Moore told the men to not give up on themselves.
“Don’t you guys quit,” Moore said. “You have more to offer than you can imagine.”
Another opportunity Pro day at UR affords 9 players one more shot at impressing NFL scouts Sid!” the man yelled. “Where’s Sid?”
Lawrence Sidbury reported to the NFL talent evaluator standing in a Robins Center hallway yesterday.
“Put your left middle finger right here,” the man said, designating a spot on the wall. Sidbury complied.
Then they started hitting.
The Montana Grizzlies donned full pads Thursday and spent most of the afternoon enthusiastically getting reacquainted at the Riverbowl and inside Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
The first full-contact and third overall practice of spring drills seemed to please - for the most part - the coaches and the players.
There could be an ex-Gamecock passing tandem this fall at Liberty University.
Receiver Freddie Brown plans to transfer to the Football Championship Subdivision school in Lynchburg, Va., which announced Brown’s move Friday. Brown joins Tommy Beecher, who started USC’s season opener last season before transferring after the season.
CARBONDALE - The search for Larry Warner’s successor begins today, as the Southern Illinois University football team begins the first of 15 spring practices at 3:15 p.m.
Warner, a Payton Award candidate at running back who rushed for 1,265 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2008, was one of four offensive starters who spent the last of their eligibility last fall. SIU could return eight offensive starters and 20 overall from last year’s 9-3 squad that reached the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
Coaches expect walk-on halfback to contribute this season
Alex Dunmire stuck out like those red cleats he wore when he walked on to the Wofford football team.
Dunmire was among a handful of players not included on the limited roster for fall practice last August and couldn’t join the squad until classes began. That means he didn’t even arrive until after the opening game.
It seemed a little overwhelming. Nobody paid much attention to him. He looked around for the equipment manager’s room to see about getting some black shoes.
They pay attention to him now.
With many of its key skill-position players returning, University at Albany’s football team should be a good bet to win is third consecutive Northeast Conference championship this fall.
The Great Danes start building toward that goal today from 10 a.m. until noon when they kick off spring football practice. Albany will conduct 15 NCAA-allowed practices through April 18.
DeAndre Presley has another season to go before he’ll be in position to become Appalachian State’s No. 1 quarterback, but he’ll get a taste of what that might be like this spring.
Armanti Edwards, the Mountaineers’ All-America quarterback and a senior to be, will have his spring-practice time limited after having arthroscopic surgery Jan. 14 to repair a slight meniscus tear in his right knee.
So Presley, a backup to Edwards last season as a freshman and the only other scholarship quarterback in camp, is expected to get the majority of snaps in spring drills, which started Tuesday.
Brian Babin completed 16 of 22 passes for 174 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown pass to Andre Cryer, while redshirt freshman Zeke Jones rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown to lead Southeastern Louisiana in its second scrimmage of spring practice Saturday morning in Strawberry Stadium.