Aug. 1, 2013
Multi-media report with Raymond Maples and Geoffrey Bacon
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Finally. After a summer of training, rest and recovery and the completion of compliance meetings and Media Day, the Army football team took the field.
Army opened its preseason camp Thursday morning with a spirited workout on Howze Field and inside the spacious Foley Athletic Center.
With stretching set to begin at 7:20 a.m., players were on the field plenty early, raring to go for the first session of the fall.
Clad in black shorts, black Nike Pro Combat underlayer, practice jerseys and gold helmets, 150 players participated in the nearly three-hour session.
The workout began with strength and conditioning coaches Scott Swanson and Brett Gerch leading the team through stretching drills. The squad then went through stations that focused on fundamentals, a staple at the start of practices. After some brief special teams instructions, the squad was broken into position groups.
Practice ended at 10 a.m. following field goal and point after touchdown attempts.
SIGHTS & SOUNDS
Among those at practice where head football Officer Representative Col. Ed Naeseens and head hockey coach Brian Riley ... The music was blaring as the players ran into Foley Athletic Center prior to practice ... Jarrett Mackey and Larry Dixon led the team stretch ... Anthony Stephens made a great catch during passing drills.
Army will hold its second practice Friday at 7:20 a.m., again in shorts. They will practice in shells over the weekend with Monday's session scheduled to be the first in full pads.
Army head coach Rich Ellerson
(Ref: first day of practice)
"It's a day-long thing. We were in shorts so it's not really football. We really haven't had a chance to meet on football and anything that is new or drill-wise. Of course, at third of the team hasn't been in our practice environment. There was a lot of talking today. We really placed an emphasis on detail and precision in practice. We did a lot of talking and walking, which is appropriate for shorts."