Created: Thu, 01 Aug 2013 09:11:00 EST
Updated: Thu, 01 Aug 2013 11:51:52 EST
Mercer Football kicked of its fall camp Thursday with the first of 16 days of practices leading up to its season opening game on August 31st. The last time Mercer football played a game against another school it lost to Chattanooga 40-13 back in 1941.
"We're going to have a huge turnout for the first game, so it's pretty exciting," said R-Fr. running back Payton Usher.
The team has been together for a year, but last season it only practiced, leaving both fans of the revitalized program, and players ancy to get the season started.
"Last year was real tough you know, just practicing, it was a real grind, but you know, you got something to look forward to now," said R-Fr. tight end Grant Radakovich.
With only Freshmen and Redshirt Freshman playing for the Bears this season, Head Coach Bobby Lamb says it's going to be a rebuilding year for the team as they work to establish themselves in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
"We want to lay a foundation this year, for years to come and this team is going to be remembered for that," Lamb said.
Season tickets sold out 27 minutes after they went on sale, and Lamb says fans won't be dissapointed with the product on the field.
"We want to be very disciplined, we want to play extremely hard, and be a team that our fans are going to be proud of," Lamb said.
"I think they can expect just to see a team that's going to play as hard as they can, and we're going to hope for a victory," said Radakovich.
"It's going to be an exciting season, we're going to do good," said Usher.