Football Bears Wrap First Week of Spring Practice
March 28, 2013
SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State head football coach Terry Allen was all business during Thursday's morning practice at Plaster Field, the Bears' third session of the week and first in full pads.
"It was a long first week because of the weather," said Allen. "Today was by far our nicest day and gave us a chance to just walk through some things."
Monday's scheduled practice was postponed due to frigid conditions and ice on the surface at Plaster Field. The Bears practiced in helmets Tuesday and shells Wednesday before running two-and-a-half hours in full pads Thursday. The last 40 minutes Thursday were conducted in controlled scrimmage situations with progress made on both sides of the ball, according to Offensive Coordinator Rob Christophel and Defensive Coordinator D.J. Vokolek.
After taking the weekend off for the University's spring holiday, the Bears take the field for four sessions next week. MSU will reach the halfway point in its spring practices with afternoon sessions Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday before the clubs' first spring scrimmage, Saturday at 9:30 a.m. The scrimmage is free and open to the public.
Allen has 42 returning lettermen and 73 returning squad members in camp this spring. NCAA Division I regulations permit 15 spring practice dates.