Leadership Council Luncheon Prelude to Camp
Aug. 7, 2013
With many schools opening their seasons the final weekend in August, preseason camps have already started on most college campuses. But with the University of Memphis' first game not until Sept. 7th, the Tigers have had to wait just a few more days until reaching the NCAA window of when camp can begin.
"We have seen players from other schools posting on Twitter about getting started," said Memphis senior center Antonio Foster. "It has made me anxious. I am sure hearing about schools starting practice has made our entire team anxious about getting started with camp."
Memphis, which opens its season against Duke the first Saturday in September, will be on the field for the first time Thursday. On Wednesday as the team began to report for training camp, Memphis head coach Justin Fuente and members of his second Leadership Council met with the media to kickoff the preseason and look ahead to the coming weeks.
Across the board, the expectations are higher this season including the approach to camp.
"I think our kids have done a great job in the classroom this summer and a pretty good job in the spring," Fuente said. "We have made strides as a team. The biggest things we have focused on are getting stronger and fundamental principles of becoming a team.
"Where this team ranks on their own personal list of importance has risen dramatically in our time here. We have seen a group of guys who have found another group of 85 or so guys that they enjoy going to work with every day and are enjoying building this program."
Junior cornerback Bobby McCain is one of four players who begin their second season as a member of the Leadership Council and said Wednesday he is anticipating getting back to work on the practice field.
"We have been running all summer and doing off-season workouts," he said. "I'm ready to throw the ball around a little bit. We can't put the pads on just yet but it is a lot more fun than running 100-yard sprints."
Senior running back Brandon Hayes also said he is already looking forward to getting through a four-practice acclimation period and putting the pads on for the first time.
"It has been a long time coming since last August," Hayes said. "I think we are a lot stronger and a lot faster as a team. I am really looking forward to seeing everyone compete and seeing what the young guys can bring. I am also looking forward to seeing the younger guys from last year, how they have matured and how they can contribute this year."
Ticket prices for the 2013 football season are unchanged from last year and the Tigers play a total of seven home games. Fans can purchase season tickets online at gotigersgo.com, or by calling the athletic ticket office at (901) 678-2331 or (888) 867-UofM.
2013 Leadership Council Members
Al Bond, Junior Offensive Lineman
*Second-year member of the Leadership Council