MACOMB, Ill. - Following three off-days from practice, the Western Illinois football team began their final week of spring practice on a high note Monday afternoon (April 16). The Leathernecks got in a two-hour workout at Hanson Field.
Last taking the field on Thursday night, and getting in some live 11-on-11 plays, Western began a busy stretch Monday with four practices scheduled during the week, culminating with the annual Bruce Craddock Memorial spring game Saturday at 2 p.m.
"I'm glad to say it was a great response to the three day break. That was the longest break we had since we started spring ball. Enthusiasm was high right off the bat, and there were good spirits all the way through practice," said head coach Mark Hendrickson.
The fifth-year head coach noted, helped in part with players staying relatively healthy, this has been one of the more physical spring seasons.
"It has been a very physical spring. The big guys up front on both sides of the ball have been impressive. There's been a lot of team 11-on-11 full go, there's been a lot of half line, and a lot of individual time of O-Line versus D-Line whether it be in combinations or one-on-one... but a lot of work by the big people up front," said Hendrickson. "I think a lot of it has to do with our off-season. Drew Kramer (head strength and conditioning coach) does a great job preparing the players for the game of football, and building up the endurance to play football and our practices. What coach Kramer did in the off-season, and what we did to maintain our strength during spring ball, has certainly paid off."
Western returns for practice #13 on Wednesday afternoon.
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Spring Practice Schedule (Days and times subject to change)
#13 Wednesday, April 18 (Full Pads), 4:30 p.m.
#14 Friday, April 20 (Helmets), 4:30 p.m.
#15 Saturday, April 21 - Bruce Craddock Memorial Spring Game, 2 p.m.