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Valpo Spring Football Practice Opens Today
Valpo will take to the field for the start of spring practice this afternoon. (Stacey LaCalamita)
Valpo will take to the field for the start of spring practice this afternoon. (Stacey LaCalamita)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

With temperatures expected to be in the 80s it will feel more like the opening of summer training camp, but spring football practice opens this afternoon (March 21) for Valparaiso University at Brown Field, the first of 15 workouts during the months of March and April.

“This will be a big spring for our young players,” head coach Dale Carlson said.  “Many of them got a chance to play last year and now they will get the benefit of practicing their skills and techniques without the added pressure of a game each week.  I expect to see improvement in their understanding of our schemes and in the execution of their individual assignments.”

Carlson has 72 players on the roster this spring as he readies the team for his third season at the helm of the Brown and Gold.

“Our team has worked hard this off-season in the weight room and in our conditioning drills,” Carlson added.  “The coaches and players are looking forward to doing real football drills.”

The Crusaders will practice Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.   Wednesday and Friday practices begin at 3:30 p.m. with Saturdays starting at 9 a.m.  Valpo will hold full scrimmages on March 31 and April 14 before wrapping up spring practice with the Brown-Gold spring game on April 21 at 11 a.m.  All practices and scrimmages, in addition to the spring game, are open to the public free of charge.

Valparaiso will open the 2012 season at home on Thursday, Aug. 30, hosting Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) in a 7 p.m. kickoff.

M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler