MACOMB, Ill. - Western Illinois Football participated in its first Saturday practice with a two hour workout in the morning (April 6). The Leathernecks closed out spring practice number nine with live 11-on-11 drills.
Head coach Bob Nielson thought the players settled in once the scrimmage got going.
"I think there were some good things. Offensively we settled in a little bit, particularly more as the scrimmage went on and we made a few plays. We did a 2-minute series at the end and made some plays on third down, which is one of the things we’ve been talking about from the very beginning," said the first-year head coach. "Defensively our front seven I think is pretty good. We struggled early in the scrimmage but then we settled in. Our offensive guys improved as the scrimmage went on and saw that in some of the redzone work we did."
Western also worked out the for the first time in the early morning hours on Friday morning, and Nielson stated that the squad worked on many of the things that took place live on Saturday.
"Yesterday was really a light workout, trying to rep some things that we were going to do in the scrimmage to see if we couldn’t time them a little bit better. I think we practiced well today, it was a step in the right direction," said Nielson. "We are really going to focus on trying to get better on the things that we’ve got in over these last 5-6 workouts, and not worry about getting too much more in."
JUNE 30 FOR 30: Western Illinois Athletics will offer a special promotion throughout the month of June for football season ticket holders. Those who purchase or renew their season tickets prior to June 1 will be in the drawing all month long. Anyone who purchases or renews after June 1st will be entered into the drawing for the remainder of the month. Fans will receive one (1) entry for every season ticket they purchase or renew. Every season ticket that is purchased or renewed online at GoLeathernecks.com will result in two (2) entries. Fans can only win one prize. Prize winners will be contacted by phone and the winners will also be listed on GoLeathernecks.com.
Raffle items include: sideline passes for various games, adidas packages, game-used Leatherneck Football helmets, men’s and women’s basketball tickets, reserved tailgate spot for the 2013 season and much more. Season ticket renewals have already been sent out, and those who wish to purchase season tickets for the first time can do so starting April 19th – the night of the Bruce Craddock Memorial spring game. For more information or to purchase season tickets click HERE.
GOLF OUTING OPENINGS AVAILABLE: The spring season will conclude on Friday, April 19 with practice scheduled for 7 p.m., 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.
Spring 2013 Practice Schedule
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.