UNA Opens Fall Practice

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Florence, Ala. – After watching his team go through a conditioning test and teaching sessions on Thursday, University of North Alabama Head Football Coach Bobby Wallace said the Lions had an “excellent” first day but not perfect.

“Most of our guys came back in good shape and the majority of the players that didn’t make their times were the big guys, but they pushed themselves through and finished,” Wallace said. “The rest of the day was just teaching but you could see some bright spots already. Some of our kids with size were moving around well and with some of the new guys, you could see that things were already clicking.”
Wallace, who was head coach at UNA from 1988-97 and led the Lions to six playoff appearances and three NCAA Division II National Championships in 10 years, returned to North Alabama in January as the Lions ninth head football coach. 
Wallace said that while it felt great to be back on the practice field at UNA, the reality of the short time frame that he and his coaching staff have to get the team ready for the 2012 season.
“I’m excited and it’s a great feeling to be back on this field, but it’s scary to think that we play our first game in three weeks,” Wallace said. “When you practice in the spring it’s a different feeling because you know you don’t play a game for five or six months. Now that we have opened fall practice, the intensity level has to go way up for the players and coaches because we don’t have a lot of time to get a team ready to put on the field.”
Wallace said he enjoyed seeing his entire team of 122 players on the field Thursday. “In the spring we had so many guys out recovering from injuries that we were no where near full force,” he said. “Now we have all of our returnees on the field, plus all the new guys, so it’s exciting to see what we’ve got to mold a football team with.”    
UNA opens its season at Legion Field in Birmingham on Sunday, September 2 against Miles College. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
The Lions return to the practice field on Friday morning for a 9-11:30 A.M. session and will also practice Saturday from 9-11:30 A.M.
Courtesy UNA Media Relations