BELTON (August 15, 2013) -- The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team officially kicked off the 2013 season with the first practices of fall camp on Thursday morning. The team went through a split workout with the newcomers spending an hour and a half hours on the field, followed by a spirited hour and a half workout for the returners.
The split practice sessions allow the coaches to get a better look at the class of newcomers and provides for more teaching opportunities with the younger players. The returners then get a chance to polish their skills without having to slow down while the newcomers catch up. With several players expected to report on the first day of classes on August 26th, UMHB should have 190 players in camp. Much of the off-season focus has been on replacing All-American linebacker Javicz Jones and quarterback LiDarral Bailey, but on a day Head Coach Pete Fredenburg described as “positive”, there was another position battle that caught his eye.
“Our receivers really caught my eye, just because we have some really gifted players at that position,” Fredenburg said. “And I think there is going to be great competition at the quarterback position and we will also be watching that.”
The team will continue with the split-session practice schedule though Saturday before combining for the first full-squad workout on Sunday evening. The first practice in full pads will come Monday morning at 8:10 AM. All of the practice sessions will be held at the practice fields at the Cru Sports Plex.
“I saw some extremely talented players in our freshman class,” Fredenburg said. “I also saw a bunch of returners come back in great shape. Now it’s just a matter of putting it all together and developing that team chemistry.”
The Cru will open the 2013 season with a 7:00 PM Pacific Time game at University of Redlands on September 7th. UMHB will play the first on-campus game in program history when nationally-ranked Wesley College comes to Crusader Stadium for a 6:00 PM start on September 21st.