KSU football players checked in, ready for first workout

Brian Jones

Friday was the time for Kennesaw State student-athletes to check into their dorms and get ready for the start of the fall semester. That is nothing new, but there was a little more buzz than normal at the Austin Residence Complex, which is located right near the main entrance of the campus, because the first ever football class checked in on Friday, meaning the team is closer to start practicing and gearing up for the 2015 season.

“It’s an exciting time,” head coach Brian Bohannon said. “It’s the start of playing in 2015. It’s an exciting time for everyone on campus.”

Bohannon said that there are 86 players on the roster and they all had to check in that day. But that wasn’t the only thing the players had to do. They had to get a physical done, which some players did before they checked in and the entire team had their first meeting later that evening where Bohannon and the rest of his coaches went over some things they would be doing over the weekend and getting them ready to take the field on Tuesday for conditioning and skill work.

One player that as checking in that can’t wait to get to work is offensive lineman C.J. Collins who loves the fact he’s a part of history.

“It’s awesome,” Collins said. “I thought being a part of the first team is something special. It’s something I can remember for the rest of my life. I’m really pumped about it and I’m ready to go.”

Collins and the rest of his teammates will have a busy weekend as they will go through more meetings, an orientation and a student-athlete barbeque following the soccer team’s exhibition game vs. MTSU at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.

Monday will not slow down either because the team will have breakfast early in the morning followed with a team meeting. That will also be the time where players will get their workout gear and will have their headshots taken.

Tuesday will be the first time the players hit the field for conditioning and skill work. The workout will start at 8:45 a.m. at the Perch at the KSU Sports and Recreation Park. The team will go though two weeks of conditioning and will follow that up with one week of lifting. After that, the Owls will have their first official practice on Sept. 8 and all on-field workouts and practices will be open to the public.

The Owls will then have a scrimmage on Oct. 11 at Fifth Third Bank Stadium and will conclude fall practice on Nov. 22. The Owls won’t be back on the field until March when they take part in spring practice and the spring game which will be March 28 which will also be at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.  And the inaugural game will be on Sept. 3, 2015 when the team travels to Johnson City, Tenn. to take on East Tennessee State.

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