Created: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 04:46:00 EST
Updated: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:58:01 EST
With the month of August only one day away, the Mercer University football team reported to campus Wednesday to embark on preseason camp as the Bears return to the gridiron for the first time in 70 years.
The first official day of preseason camp kicks off with compliance meetings, team dinner, team meeting, parent meeting, physicals and players moving into the dorms.
“It’s an exciting day for our program,” said Mercer football head coach Bobby Lamb. “Once we get everyone situated today, the exciting part starts (Thursday) at 7 a.m. with our conditioning test.”
The Bears then settle into a daily routine for the 16-day camp, kicking off Thursday at 4:30 p.m. with the squad’s first official practice.
“I think this is an important time because you start to sense the identity of your team during this fall camp and try to develop that identity as you go.”
This is the first year in more than 70 years that Mercer will field a football team.
“It’s a new experience for all of our guys since we didn’t do the August camp last year. “Our coaches have mapped out a good plan and we are going to focus on teaching the fundamentals of the game of football.”
The Bears will open their season on Saturday, Aug. 31, against Reinhardt University, one of eight home games during the inaugural 2013 season.