RICHMOND – Thunderstorms put a damper on Eastern Kentucky University’s first preseason football practice, but Head Coach Dean Hood saw enough to be pleased.
“Going into the first practice, you wonder how much the kids worked on their own during the summer,” Hood said. “It was clear how hard these guys worked. In terms of being prepared and knowing what to do, this was more like the ninth practice than the first.”
Former Prestonsburg High School standout Bryson Williams is a redshirt sophomore wide receiver for the Colonels.
The Colonels got in about an hour and 20 minutes of practice before lightning in the area forced the team to clear the field. The amateur meteorology skills of athletic trainer Tim Miesmer allowed Hood to adequately prepare the schedule for the incoming storms.
“It’s a nightmare to work around the weather,” Hood said. “Tim called me about one o’clock and let me know that we wouldn’t be able to get the whole practice in. We adjusted it to make sure we could get the team reps in, that was very important.”
The first practice of the 2015 preseason included station work, pass skeleton and special teams work before finishing up with the 11-on-11 team reps.
The team is scheduled to return to the field at 4 p.m. on Thursday.
Season tickets for the 2015 EKU football campaign are on sale now. To purchase season tickets, call the EKU Ticket Office at 859-622-2122. Eastern Kentucky will begin the 2015 campaign at home against Valparaiso on Sept. 3 at 7 p.m.