March 28, 2005
Cullowhee, N.C. -
The Western Carolina football team officially began preparations for the 2005 football season with a two-and-a-half hour workout Monday afternoon on Bob Waters Field. The Catamounts worked out in shorts and helmets and had two reasons to be excited about the first day.
Fourth-year head coach Kent Briggs said, "Today was a good fundamental practice. The intensity was good, the focus was good and we got a lot accomplished. It was really an extension of a good off-season. There was a nip in the air. It was real football weather. It was very good to be out here today."
Coach Briggs and defensive coordinator Geoff Collins had an added reason to be excited for the first day of practice as the NCAA granted corner back Francis Brown a fifth year of eligibility. Brown (Camden, N.J./Hudson Valley CC) has been a valuable member of the defensive secondary over the past two years. In 2003, he played with a broken right arm and, despite missing three games with the injury, ranked second among the DBs in tackles with 28. Last season, Brown led the Cats with six pass breakups and tallied 30 tackles on the season.
The Catamounts with have practices on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday this week, five practices next week and two more workouts the following week, leading up to the annual Spring Game, which will be at 7:00 pm on (Friday) April 15.
In case you missed it earlier, please click the link below for Western's 2005 Football Schedule, which was released late last week: