Saturday, August 5, 2017

UAPB Golden Lions open with 'teaching day'

PINE BLUFF, Arkansas -- University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Coach Monte Coleman had his players start with the basics when the Golden Lions opened fall practice Thursday afternoon.

Coleman said it was "just a teaching day," which focused on fundamentals like position alignment. It's a return to the basics for a team that has finished last in the Southwestern Athletic Conference in each of the past three seasons and was voted in the conference's preseason poll to finish last again this season.

"We were 1-10 last season," Coleman said. "We have to have major progression across the board. We have to be smart, physical and technically sound, and that's across the board."

While other Arkansas college teams began practice last Saturday, UAPB starts classes five days later, which set back the 28 days of practices the NCAA permits its college teams to have before classes start.

Other than the fundamental work, Coleman said UAPB also went through 7-on-7 drills. Junior quarterback Brandon Duncan, who passed for 2,229 yard, 10 touchdowns and 6 interceptions in 2016, entered fall practice as the starter.


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