STORY BY STEVE SCHAACK-ISU MEDIA RELATIONS
POCATELLO, Idaho- The anticipation of the first day of football practice finally arrived. The Idaho State football team took to the practice field on Tuesday afternoon for the first practice of the 2012 season. After a morning of physicals with the athletic training staff, the team took head shots at 1 p.m. before taking the field at 3 p.m.
“We are excited to pick up where we left off in the spring,” Bengal running back Dan McSurdy said. “We just want to keep getting better.”
Bengal coach Mike Kramer announced that he will not run his team through any two-a-day practices. He said he likes the way his team has reported to camp and happy with the progress the team has made in the off season. One the areas of improvement have come in the team’s strength.
“I could just sense that by how we got off the ball,” Kramer said. “We are stronger and the older guys are faster and more efficient.”
One will take note that the 2012 roster currently has 39 players from 19 different cities in the state of Idaho. There are seven players on the roster from Pocatello and Boise, five from Meridian and Idaho Falls. Other cities in Idaho represented on the Bengal team is Hailey, Blackfoot, Mountain Home, Caldwell, Fruitland, Salmon, Lewiston, Aberdeen, Rupert, Dayton, Nampa, Idaho City, Twin Falls and Coeur d’Alene.
“I like our team,” Kramer said. “I like what we have done academically and recruiting. We have 16 guys on this roster who are former walk-ons who are now scholarship players and 25 true freshmen scholarship players.”
Idaho State opens the season September 1 at Air Force and returns home for the home-opener on Sept. 8 vs. Black Hills State. Season and single-game tickets are on sale at the Idaho State Ticket Office at Holt Arena. Fans can call 208-282-FANS or logo onto isubengals.com to order tickets.
Notes: David Forester is currently out with a broken foot. He is expected to return at the end of October. Darius Williams has yet to report to camp as the university is still doing record checks. Ryan Coleman, who was reinstated to the team in the spring, has left the program.