Macomb, Ill. – During his second year at the peak of the program, Western Illinois head football coach Jared Elliot has welcomed 99 student-athletes to Macomb Wednesday, July 31, for the first official day of fall camp. This mid-morning practice marked the first of a four-week schedule leading up to their August 29 season-opener at North Alabama.
Coach Elliott discussed his thoughts on the first day of practice. "It's so exciting to be back out here with the guys. The first day you want to see detailed things, great effort, energy, and urgency moving around from drill to drill. Obviously, on the first day, we need to clean up execution and have a long way to go to build there. The good thing is we have a lot of time before week one. I was really happy today with new guys in new roles. It's fun to see this 2019 team out here as a whole for the first time."
There will be a total of twenty-four practices that separate the Leathernecks from their first game of the 2019 season. The team lost a lot of veteran leadership but isn't worried because they still have a strong core of student athletes. Altogether, 63 student-athletes returned from a season ago.
Coach Elliott mentioned his thoughts on the senior leadership. "We have great senior leadership. They are guys who have been in our program, and it's fun to see that the torch has been passed to them. The seniors are seeing that they have younger guys looking up to them and that motivates them to take on a leadership role."
The Leathernecks are hoping to push past limits and make it even farther than usual. During these practice days before the season opener, they'll be putting in a lot of hard work. They will push each other to get better and show Macomb why their the Fighting Leathernecks. For more information you can find the original story here https://goleathernecks.com/news/2019/7/31/football-leathernecks-kick-off-fall-camp.aspx?path=football