Spring Practice Nears Halfway Point
Courtesy: Western Illinois Athletics  
Release: Wednesday 04/03/2013
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INTERVIEW WITH THE OFFENSIVE LINE: On the latest edition of Leatherneck spring football preview, offensive line coach and run game coordinator A.J. Blazek discusses his transition to Western Illinois and what it was like to be named NCAA Division II Assistant Coach of the Year in 2012. Senior offensive lineman Jeff Lindsey, a two-year starter, gives his thoughts on spring practice.

SEASON TICKET RENEWALS CONTINUE: Fans who purchased season tickets last fall have until April 19th to secure their same seating location. The night of the Bruce Craddock Memorial spring game, April 19th, anyone can purchase season tickets for the six games at Hanson Field in 2013. For more information or to purchase season tickets click HERE.

GOLF OUTING OPENINGS AVAILABLE: The spring season will conclude on Friday, April 19 with the annual Bruce Craddock Memorial Spring Game, and there is a Leatherneck Football Golf Outing set for Saturday, April 20. Events surrounding the spring football game begin Friday night at 5 p.m. with a tailgate party at Hanson Field. Following the spring game – starting at 7 p.m. – a postgame social will be held. On Saturday, the Leatherneck Football Golf Outing will take place at the Harry Mussatto Golf Course. Lunch begins at 12:30 with a 2 p.m. start. The 4-person best ball scramble costs $60 per person, which includes a cart and 18 holes. A silent auction will take place following the outing, and awards will also be handed out following the event. For additional information or to sign up, log onto GoLeathernecks.com or call the athletics department at (309) 298-1190.

“We are going to try and situational scrimmage (during the Spring Game). It’ll be an offense versus defense type of spring event where it gives us an opportunity to really work on the things we focused on here this spring. I think it’ll be fun for the fans to look at the team the new system offensively,” said Nielson. “We certainly aren’t going to be ready to play a game yet but hopefully we’ve advanced enough to be sharp and crisp in our execution. It’s also a great opportunity to get alumni back and have them look at the future of Leatherneck Football and have a fun day of playing golf on Saturday.”

Spring 2013 Practice Schedule
Friday, April 5
Saturday, April 6
Monday, April 8
Wednesday, April 10
Friday, April 12
Monday, April 15
Wednesday, April 17
Friday, April 19 - Bruce Craddock Memorial Spring Game, 7 p.m.

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