Golden Eagles bring attitude to first spring practice

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – It was only the first day of spring practice, but from the way the Tennessee Tech football team was yelling, chirping, and playing full-speed, it felt like game day.

The team hit the field for its first spring practice of 2009, an over two-hour session in jerseys, shorts and helmets. The Golden Eagles will have 14 practice sessions before their annual spring game, which will be held April 25.

“They acted like they didn’t want to be in shorts,” head coach Watson Brown said. “that’s a good sign. They were getting after each other and I really like the attitudes”

The Golden Eagles will be in shorts for one more practice before getting into full pads on Thursday. Tech’s first scrimmage will be held in Tucker Stadium on Saturday, April 4 at 10:30 am, and the team will also scrimmage on Thursday, April 9 before its spring game.

“It feels good to be back,” junior linebacker Charlie Seivers said. “We had a lot of intensity out here today. We have a lot of room to improve, but the first day was really good.”

Brown said that spring practice gives him and his staff a chance to piece together a depth chart and shape offensive and defensive strategies heading into the fall. But the spring session is about more than X’s and O’s.

“We’re looking forward to carrying this toughness and competitiveness on, because we’ve got to develop that,” Brown said. “If we get that then we can go on and put some offense and defense together. The toughness and competitiveness and the attitudes on this field is what we need, when a football team doesn’t have that, it’s going to be tough no matter what you’re trying to do.”

But for the players, sometimes just the chance to get back on the field is all they need to give them that spark.

“When you’ve been up in the weight room the whole off-season, it’s fun to finally get back out here,” Seivers said. “We just have to focus on what we’re trying to get done.”

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