Crusaders Take to Brown Field for First Time in 2013 Season
Monday, August 5, 2013
Crusaders Take to Brown Field for First Time in 2013 Season
Head coach Dale Carlson addresses the team after a walk-through Monday morning at Brown Field.

As dozens of student-athletes return to Valparaiso in preparation for the fall sports schedule, a heightened level of enthusiasm flows through campus. A mild late summer creates a comfortable football training camp for the Crusaders as the University of North Dakota awaits them in just 24 days.

"You can feel an air of excitement. The kids have a really high level of confidence right now so we'll have to see how that plays out in the next three weeks," head coach Dale Carlson said Monday after a team walk-through.

Officially, training camp opened Sunday as players were greeted with customary administrative responsibilities and team meetings. Monday morning represented the first time the 2013 Crusaders stepped on Brown Field as a team. In addition to the morning walk-through, the team conducted lifting tests and a 300-yard shuffle as part of a busy Monday slate.

"So far before actually having a practice, it's been a pretty good day," Carlson said.

The first day of training camp carries equal parts optimism and uncertainty. The strength and conditioning of returning players can represent a question mark for coaches as several weeks have passed since the last time many student-athletes were on campus. However, Carlson was happy to see the majority of his players maintain a solid work ethic during the off season.

"Most of our returning guys did well in their conditioning run. We had some young guys that ran well, too. I was pleased with that," Carlson concluded.

The Crusaders will strap on the helmets in the first official practice Monday evening at 6:45 pm. Single practices follow until Saturday when the team will hold its first two-a-day.