Hot Day For Football Camp Opener 2010

Captain Emil Igwenagu was smiles on the first day of training camp.

Captain Emil Igwenagu was smiles on the first day of training camp.

Aug. 9, 2010

AMHERST, Mass. -- The 2010 edition of the UMass football team hit the field for the first time on Monday going through the first day of action after reporting to campus on Sunday. Head Coach Kevin Morris led the team through morning conditioning tests, followed by an afternoon practice and weight-lifting competition in the evening.

"It was a great day," said Morris. "(Over) the last two weeks a lot of guys have been in and out, floating around, everyone was excited about getting going with the first practice. (They wanted) to see where they stand and see what UMass football is about."

The Minutemen made is clear they have one thing on their minds as camp opened up -- William & Mary, the first opponent on the schedule in 2010. UMass hosts the Tribe, listed as the No. 1 preseason team in some polls, on Sept. 4 at 3:30 p.m.

After the conditioning tests in the morning, UMass players had their pick of lunch at the Berkshire Dining Hall, which features a huge selection of entrees and healthy snacks. The Minutemen headed back to the stadium for positional meetings. Then more than two dozen Minutemen donned the maroon and white for the first time in new Adidas practice gear.



It was on to work under a hot sun and 90-plus degree temperatures at McGuirk Stadium. The Minutemen split into offense and defense drills under the watchful eyes of their coaches.

Among the players pointed out by Coach Morris for showing improvement heading into 2010 training camp were junior captains Emil Igwenagu and Tyler Holmes.

"Emil was voted captain as an underclassman, by his peers, as a junior," said Morris. "That says a lot about his character, who he is and how hard he works and what he represents for UMass football.

"With Emil and Tyler Holmes, both our captains ... it is who they are, how they go about their business every day. Guys (on the team) look up to them and say, 'here's how its supposed to be, if we all work towards that style of living and that style of play, this can be a pretty potent team."

At night, UMass had a great night in the weightroom as eight players reached the 400-pound mark on the bench press. Redshirt freshman Vincent Westcarr was at the top of the list with 430. Also over 400 were: Galen Clemons, Courtney Jackson, Stephane Milhim, Josh Samuda, Brian Ostaszewski, Brendan Potvin and Brandon Flanagan.

45 Minutemen lifted over 300 pounds and 30 were over 325.

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