Belton (August 13, 2012) -- The 2012 season officially kicked off for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team when the Cru hit the practice field for the first time Monday morning. The team went through a split workout with the newcomers spending almost two hours on the field, followed by a spirited two-hour 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. Coaches are also hoping the split session keeps the incoming players from feeling intimidated by the large class of returners. When a small group of players reports on the first day of classes next week, the Cru expects to have 202 student-athletes in camp.
“I saw a lot of encouraging things and I was excited to see that everyone was in good shape,” Cru head coach Pete Fredenburg said. “We like what we saw from the freshman class and they are going to impact this football team. Splitting the workouts gives us a chance to really share our expectations with them and teach them our system without them feeling the pressure of having to compete with the returners right away.”
The team will continue with the split-session practice schedule though Wednesday before combining for the first full-squad workout on Thursday morning. The first practice in full pads will come Friday morning at 7:45 AM. All of the practice sessions will be held at the practice fields at the Cru Sports Plex.
The Cru will open the 2012 season with a 6:00 PM home game against Kean University on September 8th. UMHB will then open the first three-game, regular season road trip in school history with an 11:00 AM Central Time kickoff at Wesley College the following weekend.