Aug. 11, 2008
Washington, D.C. - Under bright and sunny skies during the weekend, the Georgetown University football team went to work. The Hoyas had a few days off early in the week, but players officially checked-in, received their equipment and handbooks and settled in for meetings on Thursday.
On Friday afternoon, the team held the first of 29 practices before the season opener on September 6 at Howard. Third-year Head Coach Kevin Kelly and his staff held practices throughout the weekend.
As the team goes through its preparations for the coming season, members of the Georgetown football team will provide their accounts during the coming weeks. Senior co-captain Nick Umar (Belle Mead, N.J./Montgomery) provided the first update.
"Camp has begun and there is feeling of excitement in the air. With players and coaches finally coming together again after a long, strenuous offseason, a new attitude has developed across the board. All of the returners are eager to get back on the field and build on the strides made during winter workouts, spring ball, and summer workouts, while all newcomers have fire in their eyes in hopes of establishing themselves to their teammates and the rest of the league. After a day of check-ins and NCAA meetings, the team was chomping at the bit to get on the field and work.
"After two hard days of practice in helmets only, we finally were able to move to uppers today (Sunday). It was easy to tell there was an increased amount of energy pumping through the veins of all the players and coaches. As we all walked out onto the field we knew there would be an increase in the contact throughout practice, in addition to the fact that it was just another milestone passed on the way to opening day.
"Drills were more intense all day, as collisions both offensively and defensively set the rest of the team into a frenzy multiple times. The excitement will only increase as we put on full pads in the next few days and inch closer to September 6th.
"Camp is the time where jobs are won, you prepare for the upcoming season, and come together as a team; and there is no more exciting time than now. The players are playing excited and the coaches are coaching excited, which has brought upon a new attitude in the team. Everybody is working as hard as possible to put the team in a position to win this season, and that has begun to bring out the best in each other. The days are filled with hard work and focus, while the nights are filled with bonding and preparing mentally for the next day. This is a new chapter in Georgetown Football, and everybody here is excited as anything to be a part of it."