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Fall Camp Opens for Arkansas Tech

125 players reported for the first day of Arkansas Tech fall camp.
RUSSELLVILLE, AR – With the opening of the 2013 Arkansas Tech football season just a few short weeks away, Wonder Boys head football coach Raymond Monica welcomed 125 players to campus this week for the opening of football practice. The Wonder Boys reported Tuesday and will see their first on-field action today.

“We’re really excited to see the players coming back from the summer break,” said Monica. “We had a lot of players here over the summer months but half our team wasn’t. It’s great to have everyone together, and working together as hard as we can toward a team goal.”

After having meetings Tuesday and Wednesday, the Wonder Boys will don their helmets for their first on-field practice Thursday afternoon, will add shoulder pads for Saturday morning’s practice session before getting into full gear on Monday, August 19.

The Wonder Boys will have daily practices through August 27. Classes begin the following day, and the Wonder Boys will resume their regular practice schedule. However, the next few days will give Monica ample opportunity to evaluate the talent that has reported for camp.

“We will have two scrimmages and a game simulation, where we’ll be trying to cover everything that can happen during the game,” added Monica. “We will try to get the players in the flow of the way the game will be when the lights go on Thursday night. We are looking forward to seeing how the players compete and how we can improve each and every day.”

The first scrimmage will be Wednesday, August 21 at 8:30 a.m., with the final preseason scrimmage being held on Tuesday, August 27 at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field with a 6 p.m. kickoff.

The preparation will all culminate in the 2013 season opener, as Monica’s Wonder Boys get their first taste of outside competition on Thursday, September 5 at Northwestern Oklahoma.

“I always like to have the opener at home if you can, because it feels like you get another date of practice,” said Monica. “It’s great to play at home in front of the home crowd, but it’s also great to load the bus and have the team together for a couple days. Some great team bonding happens when you get on the bus and play somewhere else.”

The Wonder Boys will play an eleven-game schedule, including ten Great American Conference games. While Tech opens its home schedule on Saturday, Sept. 14 against Southwestern Oklahoma, the Wonder Boys play four of their first five games away from home; including a non-conference tilt at Southland Conference member Nicholls State on Sept. 28.

After returning home for a Family Day matchup against Southern Arkansas, Tech heads south for the Boomtown Classic against Henderson State in El Dorado’s Memorial Stadium.

The Wonder Boys return to Russellville for a Homecoming showdown with Ouachita Baptist on Oct. 26 before playing their final road contest at East Central on Nov. 2. The final two games of the season will be played at home, as Southeastern Oklahoma and Harding round out the 2013 slate for Tech.
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