Preseason camp set to begin with first practice Thursday morning
Commerce, Texas – Texas A&M University – Commerce’s football team has returned to campus and will open its 2014 preseason camp Thursday morning.
The Lions officially returned to campus on Tuesday with returners picking up their equipment and a brief evening team meeting. Wednesday morning, the team took headshots, got physicals and did concussion testing. Position meetings will be held in the early evening along with meetings with the academic staff, compliance staff and media relations staff. Wednesday night the entire team will undergo a conditioning test before lights out on the eve of the opening practice.
“We're happy to see everybody on campus,” said head coach Colby Carthel. “It's like Christmas in August for football coaches. It looks like the guys have put in a lot of hard work over the summer, and we're excited to hit the field and get things rolling Thursday.”
Thursday morning following a bright and early wake up call, the Lions will dawn helmets and hit the practice field at Memorial Stadium for their first practice of the preseason. Due the NCAA’s acclimation period the team can only wear helmets for the first two days, shells (shoulder pads) for days three and four and can’t put on the full pads until day five.
Important Upcoming Lion Football Dates
Thurs., August 14 – First on-field practice (helmets)
Sat., August 16 – Practice (shells)
Mon., August 18 Practice (full pads)
Sat., August 23 – Scrimmage No. 1
Mon., August 25 – First day of class at A&M-Commerce
Thurs., August 28 – Scrimmage No. 2
Thurs., September 4 at 6 p.m. – First game vs. East Texas Baptist at Memorial Stadium