The 2019 Southern Arkansas football team hit Rip Powell Field for the first time on Monday despite an excessive heat warning.
"We had a great start to fall practice," said head coach Bill Keopple who is entering his 11th season roaming the Mulerider sidelines. "Your typical hot, August in Arkansas weather. Everyone was on time and ready to get started. It will take some time to adjust to the heat considering we're having the hottest week of the year, but it was good to see the team back on the field doing work."
The players were in helmets and practice jerseys and shorts per NCAA rules.
"The number of players on the field and the level of talent that we have is a positive," said Keopple. "(We are) finally getting to see our newest signing class in a Mulerider helmet doing work."
Keopple acknowledged that there are some position battles.
"With our numbers as a team, we have position battles all over the field. Depth is very important on a college football team and this team should be in a good place regarding quality depth."
Helmet-clad Muleriders return to practice at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Practices, unless otherwise stated, are open to the public.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Great American Conference will release the league's preseason coaches' poll. The Muleriders have fared favorably among the league's head coaches in regards to high preseason expectations in recent years.
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