Florida Tech Panthers Wrap Up Day 1 of Fall Camp

By  //  August 11, 2015

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After seeing marked improvement over the course of the program’s first two seasons excitement and anticipation is beginning to ramp up around the Florida Tech football team. (FIT Image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – After seeing marked improvement over the course of the program’s first two seasons excitement and anticipation is beginning to ramp up around the Florida Tech football team.

On Monday, the team began its third season with the opening of fall practice.

There were a lot of old and a lot of new faces as the Panthers returned from their summer hiatus. In total, FIT welcomed 54 newcomers to Panther Field, adjacent to the Varsity Training Center, while 68 returners donned the crimson and white practice jerseys once again.

Although there is still plenty to work on prior to the Sept. 5 season opener against Newberry, head coach Steve Englehart has noticed the improvement over the previous two seasons.

Steve Englehart

Steve Englehart

“Today was a typical day one practice,” said Englehart.

“We had good energy from everyone, just lacked execution at times. We have to continue to harp on the little things. I think it was better than the last two years but we still have a lot of work to do.”

Much of the day was spent practicing technique with positions grouping up with their respective coaches and running through drills.

There was very limited contact as players were equipped with no padding other than their helmets. Nonetheless many individuals were able to stand out during the opening practice.

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The opening week of fall practice is open to the public. A full schedule of the first week of camp can be found below. (Zach Clark, SpaceCoastDaily Image)

One of those who stood out was senior defensive back Leo Alba II, who showcased his skills with some big plays during one-on-one drills, including an acrobatic pass knock down and an interception.

Leo Alba II

Leo Alba II

“It feels great being back out here, nothing beats the heat here in Florida,” said Alba II.

“I’m happy to be back with the old squad, basically everyone is back with a couple of new additions. I’m just excited for day one.”

Season and individual game tickets for the 2015 season are available. Premium season tickets are only $70 for adults and $45 for FIT employees with ID, seniors ages 65 and above and children ages 5-16. General admission season tickets are $50 for adults and $30 for FIT employees, seniors and children.

Individual game tickets are $16 for reserved seating.

General admission is $12 for adults and $6 for seniors ages 65 and above, children ages 5-16 and FIT employees with school ID. Entrance for children ages four and under is free.

Tickets can be purchased at FloridaTechSports.com, in-person by appointment at the Clemente Center Monday through Friday this week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by calling the FIT Ticket Office at 321-674-6228.

The ticket office will open for regular season hours starting on Monday, Aug. 17.

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The hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday during the football season.

For questions on tickets, please call the ticket office at the number listed above or e-mail AthleticsTickets@fit.edu.

The opening week of fall practice is open to the public. A full schedule of the first week of camp can be found below.

2015 Florida Tech Football Preseason Camp Schedule

• Tuesday, Aug. 11 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Helmets)
• Wednesday, Aug. 12 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Shells)
• Thursday, Aug. 13 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Shells)
• Friday, Aug. 14 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Full pads)
• Saturday, Aug. 15 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. (Full pads) and 4-6 p.m. (Full pads)
• Sunday, Aug. 16 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Full pads)


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