MOREHEAD - The Morehead State University football program will host its annual Spring Football Game at Jayne Stadium on Saturday (April 20). Tailgating will begin at 10 a.m., with kickoff set for 2 p.m. Admission is free.
Head Coach Rob Tenyer, who was recently promoted after 12 seasons as an assistant, will address Eagle fans in the tailgate area at 10:45 a.m. A tour of Morehead State’s EAGLE Center, football locker room and weight room will begin at 11:30 a.m.
MSU will begin a new tradition with its Eagle Trail (or player walk) at 12:20 p.m. The tailgate area will stay open until 1:50 p.m. The game will include four 15-minute quarters, with a running clock. Approximately 70 student-athletes will be on display.
Halftime of the game will feature guest coach introductions. MSU Football alumni will also be recognized on the field. The game is expected to wrap up by 4 p.m.
“Saturday should be a great day for everyone associated with Morehead State football,” Tenyer said. “We have invited a lot of people out to Jayne Stadium and we’re expecting a big crowd.”
Season tickets for the 2013 campaign will be on sale. Fans can see a school-record seven contests at Jayne Stadium for just $55 ($7.86 per game), while Morehead State faculty, staff and retirees can attend all season long for only $25 ($3.57 per game).
Season boxes, which comfortably accommodate eight people just below the press box, will be on sale for $600 apiece. Season parking passes will also be available for $25 each.
Saturday’s tailgating options are adjacent to the baseball facility or in the softball parking lot. General parking will be available at the EAGLE Center, Smith-Booth Hall and Morehead Courthouse.
The main parking lot, south of Jayne Stadium and east of the Academic-Athletic Center, will not be available due to a concert that evening. MSU athletics thanks fans in advance for their cooperation.
Since late March, the Morehead State football team has been practicing on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The Eagles are slated to have completed 14 workouts by this weekend.
“Saturday will be a good assessment of where we are as a football team,” Tenyer said. “With this being a new era, about 95 percent of what we are doing is different. Everyone in the program knows we have a lot of work to do, but I’ve been pleased with the progress so far. I’m looking forward to the regular season because it will be an opportunity for us to grow and improve.”
Morehead State finished the 2012 season 4-7 overall and 3-5 in the Pioneer Football League, but averaged 63 points in wins over Southern Virginia, Campbell, Davidson and Valparaiso.
The Eagles led the conference in points (38.4), total yards (471.5) and passing yards (305.4) per contest. Morehead State also paced the league in third-down conversions (51 percent).
MSU returns seven individuals who earned PFL postseason honors in 2012 - Ronald Cooper, Kalvin Harrington, Jordan Hendrix, Michael Jackson, Rob Lewis, Rees Macshara and Aaron Meadows.
The last two seasons, with Tenyer as offensive coordinator, Morehead State set 29 school records and led the PFL in points, total yards and passing yards.
Morehead State’s assistant coaches are Craig Mullins, Phil Burnett, Dontae Wright, Patrick St. Louis, Andre Woodson, Rod West, Brett Rude, Andrew Doan, Wes McDermott and Matt Forrest.
“Our program is going to be built on three main principles,” Tenyer added. “No. 1, we want to educate and graduate our student-athletes. No. 2, we want to build a campus and community camaraderie. And finally, we want to win Pioneer Football League championships. If we stay focused on those three objectives, I know we will be in good shape.”