UT MARTIN FOOTBALL OPENS 2018 SPRING PRACTICE WITH EXCITEMENT
March 21, 2018
MARTIN, Tenn. – While the weather does not represent the second day of spring, the University of Tennessee at Martin football team slapped on an extra layer of clothing and hit the gridiron of Hardy Graham Stadium on Wednesday afternoon for practice #1 of the official spring practice schedule.
The Skyhawks began their quest for an Ohio Valley Conference championship on a cool March afternoon with the first of 15 scheduled practices. For head coach Jason Simpson who is beginning his 13th season at the helm of the UT Martin football program, this year’s spring schedule represents a time for growth and development.
“It’s good to be back out here, even though it was a little windy,” Simpson said. “Today was fun but we have to get back in the rhythm of practice. We have a lot of old guys that know what to expect but we had several new guys that don’t know how to practice to our standard yet, but we will get there. We are looking forward to building upon our fundamentals, seeing our good players become great and our reserves be able to step up when their name is called.”
Some of the key storylines to watch throughout spring ball and into fall camp will be the development of the secondary which was decimated by graduation and turnover along with the growth of the offensive line.
UT Martin will participate in three more practices this week on Thursday (4 p.m.), Saturday (9 a.m.) and Sunday (6:45 p.m.) – weather permitting.