Plane trees open US Lawns Fall Football Camp


Seth Montgomery |

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Indiana State Football opened US Lawns Fall Football Camp Wednesday morning as the Sycamores took the field at Memorial Stadium for their first of 12 scheduled practice sessions before classes that began Aug. 16.

head coach Kurt Mallory‘s side put in a brisk two-hour session on the pitch while the Sycamores endured the Terre Haute August heat. Despite the warm temperatures, it was evident that both coaches and players were excited to be back on the field together for the first time since the Spring Ball.

“When we did a tour this morning, you could just see the energy and excitement,” Mallory said. “It just felt unreal with this team and their closeness and love for each other and the game is real.”

With Sycamore’s coaching staff and player interaction limited this summer, the team went to work at the Mike and Mary Blackwell Sports Performance Center.

“We’ve had a really good summer,” Mallory said. “Everything was managed by players and you could see the results out there on the field. Coach (Dave) McManus has been working hard and the lads have been struggling to prepare to play football this autumn.”

The Sycamores were ranked 10th in the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s annual preseason poll, the conference bureau announced Tuesday afternoon. Mallory made sure the team was briefed on the selection at the team’s first meeting and that it will remain present as the team progresses through fall camp.

“I think it’s something that’s remembered every day and we’re going to have to play with a chip on our shoulder,” Mallory said. “Right now, as we continue the camp, our main focus is to get better every day and even better the next day. We have a lot to improve after today and have bugs that need fixing and we will. “

Indiana State is bringing back a number of veteran leaders to the field, including last season’s all-conference wide receiver Dante Hendrix and defensive end Kris Reid, Jr. One thing Mallory noticed as he looked around the field Wednesday was the amount of experience and depth in the roster.

“We have many people who have taken part in the program and know their time has come,” Mallory commented. “They’re eager to get out of there and you could feel that on the field today. I think the commitment and attitude of our guys is great. We have great coaches who will continue to build them up. Right now we have to capitalize on every iteration and be locked up every day until school starts.”

The Sycamores are back on the field for day two of US Lawns Fall Football Camp, which begins Thursday morning at 10 a.m. at Memorial Stadium.

Interviews after the training on the first day
head coach Kurt Mallory

Kris Reid, Jr.

Dante Hendrix

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