Bears Begin Fall Camp With Successful First Practice
The Missouri State football Bears took the practice field for the first time Thursday at Plaster Field, as the 86 squad members took part in a conditioning test in the afternoon, followed by their first practice in the early evening.
The afternoon conditioning test saw the Bears each run 14 sprint sets of 180 yards apiece and getting accustomed to the physical demands the upcoming season will require.
The team then returned to Plaster at 6 p.m. for a 14-period practice that focused heavily on positional drills, but also included some 7-on-7 passing exercises and some special teams work. The overall feel of the session was intense, which seemed to please fourth-year MSU head coach Terry Allen.
"The first day is an orientaion," said Allen. "We had a good conditioning test, where I think we taxed them really well in the heat of the day. Then we came back tonight and really just kind of let them recover their legs and let them learn how to practice and what we do on the practice field."
"It's always an exciting day, the first day. A lot of new faces and you get to see all the old guys. It's always a lot of fun."
The team wrapped Thursday with team meetings before Friday brings the team's annual Media Day at Plaster Field, beginning at 9 a.m. The Bears will practice Friday at 3:50, Saturday at 3:30, and then take Sunday off before resuming regular practices on Monday.