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Football spring practice opens Tuesday

Published On: Mar 24 2013 04:27:45 PM CDT
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ABILENE, Texas -

McMurry University football will begin its Spring Practice schedule this coming Tuesday, March 26, at 8 p.m. at Wilford Moore Stadium. The War Hawks will be taking the field for the first time under new head coach Mason Miller and also as an NCAA Division II program.

The slate includes 15 practice dates, culminating in a spring game on Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m.

“It is going to be a lot of fun to go out and watch these young men compete in pads this spring,” said Miller. “Last spring, we still had to practice as an Division III school – even though we were going to be DII in the fall – because McMurry's spring sports were still competing under Division III rules.

“To be able to have full pads and the live contact will add a new dimension to our process here. We had a great offseason in the weight room, our staff wants to see that translate to plays on the field.”

With the departure of 13 seniors – not the least of which was All-American and record-setting quarterback - Miller will also be using the spring slate of practices to help determine how to fill some of the gaps left by graduation.

“This is going to be the first chance for some of our guys to challenge themselves and teammates if they want to move into a starting role this year,” explained Miller. “We have several spots where we need to replace players who where a big part of our recent success. However, this years team has to learn to find their own identity within the parameters if what we do, both offensively and defensively."

Practices are open to the public.

TuesdayMarch 268:00 p.m.
ThursdayMarch 284:30 p.m.
FridayMarch 298:50 a.m.
MondayApril 14:20 p.m.
TuesdayApril 28:00 p.m.
ThursdayApril 44:30 p.m.
SundayApril 76:30 p.m.
TuesdayApril 98:00 p.m.
ThursdayApril 114:30 p.m.
SundayApril 146:30 p.m.
TuesdayApril 168:00 p.m.
ThursdayApril 184:30 p.m.
SundayApril 216:30 p.m.
TuesdayApril 238:00 p.m.
ThursdayApril 25
7:00 p.m.

*All times/dates are subject to change

Information provided by McMurry Athletic Dept.