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SPRINGFIELD — Missouri State head football coach Terry Allen was all
business during Thursday’s morning practice at Plaster Field, the Bears’
third session of the week and first in full pads.

“It was a long first week because of the weather,” said Allen. “Today was by
far our nicest day and gave us a chance to just walk through some things.”

Monday’s scheduled practice was postponed due to frigid conditions and ice
on the surface at Plaster Field. The Bears practiced in helmets Tuesday and
shells Wednesday before running two-and-a-half hours in full pads Thursday.
The last 40 minutes Thursday were conducted in controlled scrimmage
situations with progress made on both sides of the ball, according to
Offensive Coordinator Rob Christophel and Defensive Coordinator D.J.

After taking the weekend off for the University’s spring holiday, the Bears
take the field for four sessions next week. MSU will reach the halfway point
in its spring practices with afternoon sessions Tuesday, Wednesday and
Friday before the clubs’ first spring scrimmage, Saturday at 9:30 a.m.  The
scrimmage is free and open to the public.

Allen has 42 returning lettermen and 73 returning squad members in camp this
spring. NCAA Division I regulations permit 15 spring practice dates.

Next Week’s Schedule
Tue., April 2 Practice #5 3:10 p.m.
Wed., April 3 Practice #6 3:10 p.m.
Fri., April 5 Practice #7 3:10 p.m.
Sat., April 6 Scrimmage #1 9:30 a.m.

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