With only three practice sessions remaining before Sam Houston completes 2014 spring football with the annual Orange-White game, the Bearkats will hold their second full-contact scrimmage tomorrow (Saturday) at 9 a.m. at Elliott T. Bowers Stadium.
The scrimmage comes during the 11th practice of the spring sessions and Sam Houston head coach K. C. Keeler is excited about another opportunity to see the Kats in game
“The team continues to make progress. It’s always good to see what happens when we start tackling to the ground,” Keeler said.
Keeler, who has named as the 15th head football coach at Sam Houston in January, inherits a squad that includes 52 lettermen including 13 starters from the 2013 Bearkat team that earned Sam Houston its third consecutive FCS playoff berth.
“We’re certainly not a finished product, but we’re pleased with the players’ attitude and work ethic,” Keeler said.
The new Bearkat head coach is no stranger to playoff success. His 2003 Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens squad won the FCS national championship and reach the FCS championship game in 2007 and 2010. In his 11 seasons at Delaware, his teams compiled an 85-52 record. He holds an overall mark of 174 victories, 73 losses and one tied as a head coach.
The Bearkats have practices next week and Monday and Wednesday next week before the Orange-White spring game April 11. Several exciting events surround the annual spring scrimmage at Elliott T. Bowers Stadium.
First, a special football alumni barbeque will begin at 5 p.m. in the north end zone parking lot. Former SHSU football players and their families are invited to the tailtate event which will feature Texas-style barbeque. Cost of the BBQ is $10 in advance and $15 the night of the event. For information, former football players can contact Kimberly Spino at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Sam Houston students and fans can participate in “Bearkat Alley” tailgating in the Northeast Lot at Bowers. SHSU Student Services will provide free food for students with valid Bearkat OneCards while supplies last.
Kids are included in the excitement as well with the “Bearkat Football Experience” at 6 p.m. Youngsters ages 5 through 13 can do drills with the Sam Houston football team on the Bowers turf.
The Orange-White game kicks off at 7 p.m.
Four Sam Houston students will have the opportunity to win a grand prize of free textbooks for one semester in the SHSU Student Services field goal kicking contests at the breaks between quarters. These four students will be randomly selected at the Orange-White game to participate.
At halftime, Sam Houston fraternity and sorority members will compete in a uniform / obstacle relay race. The winning teams will receive prizes from Barefoot Athletics and $300 from Student Services.
“It’s going to be a terrific night for Bearkat football,” Keeler said. “We’re inviting all football fans to come join in the fun and get their first peak at what the 2014 Bearkat team will look like.”
Sam Houston State begins its 2014 season with the ESPN College Kickoff August 23 versus Eastern Washington in Cheney in a nationally televised football game.
The Bearkats will play five home games at Bowers Stadium in Huntsville and the “Battle of the Piney Woods” classic at Reliant Stadium in Houston.