Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Albany State begins football practice

ALBANY, Georgia -- — One by one, Albany State University football players trotted onto the practice field for the start of preseason workouts Monday morning.

The heavy morning dew hadn’t completely disappeared before the Rams were hard at work.

Albany State plays its first game at Valdosta State in less than a month, and every day of practice is precious. The first day couldn’t have come soon enough for defensive lineman Grover Stewart, who said losing in last year’s SIAC conference championship game to Miles College left him sour.

“It left a bitter taste in my mouth,” Stewart said. “It feels great to finally get back out here. I’m ready for the season to start. Coach likes to see everybody run and on defense, all we do is run, so everybody was running today.”

The Rams, who finished last season at 6-4, have little time to waste. Three of Albany State’s first four opponents made the NCAA Division II football playoffs last season: Valdosta State, Tuskegee and West Georgia. But the good news is the Rams have a wealth of talent returning.


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