Florida Tech In Helmets For First Time At Panther Field
By Florida Tech // August 15, 2013
FAST TRACK TO OPTIMAL SHAPE
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BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – One day after conquering obstacles at Florida Tech’s Challenge Course, Florida Tech practiced in helmets for the first time at Panther Field this season on Tuesday.
Nearly 120 Panthers worked out under the warm Florida sun.
“I think today’s practice was everything I expected,” head coach Steve Englehart said.
“Our returners knew what was going on and they moved from drill to drill. Our new guys were hesitant, but followed our returners. We didn’t have that last year. At that time, we were trying to teach 100-plus guys our practice routine.
“There’s still a lot to be seen. For the most part, the guys that stayed on campus were in good condition. There are some guys we need to get on the fast track to make sure they’re ready to go. We’ll implement a running and conditioning plan for after practice to get them in optimal shape.”
FAST TRACK TO OPTIMAL SHAPE
The Panthers went through position specific drills for the first hour. They then did some one-on-one work before playing seven-on-seven.
“The biggest positive of the practice was everyone knew where they were going,” Englehart said. “People were focused and knew what they were supposed to do. It wasn’t a high energy practice. It was more of a business-like practice than what it was last year,” stated head coach Steve Englehart.
“That was one of the biggest surprises. Also, last year, we constantly had to yell at guys for falling on the ground and tackling or grabbing one another. We didn’t have that. They understand how to take care of their teammates and practice the right way.”
LIMITED AMOUNT OF TICKETS REMAIN – CALL NOW
On Wednesday from 8:30-10:50 a.m., FIT will wore helmets and shoulder pads for its second practice at Panther Field. The rookies followed from 10:50-11:20 a.m. All of the Panthers’ training camp practices this week are open to the public.
“People were focused and knew what they were supposed to do. It wasn’t a high energy practice. It was more of a business-like practice than what it was last year,”
Single-game general admission tickets for the Panthers’ first season are now on sale at FloridaTechSports.com, by dialing 321-674-8032 and at the Clemente Center Box Office Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors ages 65 and above, FIT faculty and staff with school ID, children ages 5-16 and active duty military with ID. Children under five years of age are free.
A section of seats has been set aside for visiting team fans in the west stands. These tickets, located in Section 8, can only be purchased in person and over the phone.
Premium season tickets are sold out as of Saturday, Aug. 10.
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