NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State’s first day of spring football practice went better than head coach Jay Thomas expected.
Getting great effort from the Demons on day one was almost a given. Getting favorable weather for the 2:30-long afternoon workout at Turpin Stadium was a very pleasant surprise.
“We got a break on that. It didn’t rain, and it cooled off, too,” said a smiling Thomas after the practice in shorts and helmets, the first of 15 spring sessions for NSU. “We were prepared to push forward through rain but fortunately the front hurried past us this morning.”
The Demons, who have 57 letterwinners including 36 who started at least once last season, staged the first of four practices this week and all participants walked away smiling.
“It was great to get out here,” said Thomas. “We threw a lot at them, offense, defense and the kicking game. It was a really good practice today.”
His team’s excellent strength and conditioning work since the 2016 season ended just before Thanksgiving paid dividends.
“These guys had a great offseason, probably one of the best I’ve been around, and you could see the carryover in practice,” said Thomas, “because we were energetic and gave great effort start to finish.
“It needs to continue. We come back Thursday, have another good shorts and helmets day, then we get the pads on Friday and Saturday,” he said.
The weekday workouts begin at 3:30, while Saturday’s session starts at 9:30 a.m. at Turpin Stadium.