Spring football begins Wednesday March 21 for the Sam Houston State Bearkats.

Head coach Willie Fritz and his staff will welcome back 50 of the 62 lettermen from last year's Southland Conference championship team that reached the NCAA Division I Football national finals game.

The 50 lettermen include nine offensive and 10 defensive starters along with a host of backup performers and redshirts who will participate the month-long spring drills.

The football team will hold 14 practice sessions on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from March 21 to April 16. Practice session dates are subject to change due to weather.

Spring work will climax on Wednesday April 18 with the annual Orange-White Spring Game at Bowers Stadium.

"Last year, for the first time ever at Sam Houston, we ended spring ball with a mid-week Orange and White game and it was a big success," Fritz said. "The players are working hard during the conditioning phase of the annual schedule and are looking forward to getting back out on the practice field after spring break."

The 2012 SHSU Football Spring Schedule

March 21 (Wednesday)    Practice #1
March 23 (Friday)     Practice #2
March 24 (Saturdday)     Practice #3
March 26 (Monday)     Practice #4
March 28 (Wednesday)     Practice #5
March 30 (Friday)     Practice #6 
March 31 (Saturday)    Practice #7
April 2 (Monday)     Practice #8
April 4 (Wednesday)     Practice #9 
April 6 (Friday)     Practice #10 
April 9 (Monday)     Practice #11
April 11 (Wednesday)     Practice #12 
April 13 (Friday)     Practice #13 
April 16 (Monday)     Practice #14 
April 18 (Wednesday)     Spring Game