Dukes Open Spring Practice

PITTSBURGH - The Duquesne football team begins preparation for the 2009 season with the opening of spring drills this afternoon on Rooney Field.

Monday's practice will be the first of 15 over a four-week span ending with the annual Spring Game to be played on Saturday afternoon, April 25.

"It always feels good to get back on the field," said Duquesne's fifth-year head coach Jerry Schmitt. "We have a lot of work to do and we're anxious to get started."

Schmitt welcomes back 15 starters from last year's team which finished 3-7 overall, including 2-5 in its inaugural season in the Northeast Conference. The Dukes return eight starters on the offensive side of the ball and seven on defense. A total of 18 different freshmen started at least one game last season.

"We were able to get a lot of our younger players some quality game experience," said Schmitt. "We hope to build on that experience this spring."

The Dukes will work out in full pads twice prior to the Spring Game.

Duquesne 2009 Spring Practice Schedule
practice dates and times subject to change

DAY	DATE             TIME           GEAR
Mon.	March 30     4:00 - 6:00 pm	helmets
Wed.	April 1      6:15 - 8:15 pm	helmets
Fri.	April 3      6:30 - 8:30 pm	uppers
Sat.	April 4      2:00 - 4:00 pm	uppers
Sun.	April 5      2:30 - 4:30 pm	full
Mon.	April 6      3:30 - 5:30 pm	uppers
Mon.	April 13     7:00 - 9:00 pm	uppers
Wed.	April 15     6:15 - 8:15 pm	uppers
Fri.	April 17     4:00 - 6:00 pm	uppers
Sat.	April 18     2:00 - 4:00 pm	full
Sun.	April 19     3:30 - 5:30 pm	uppers
Mon.	April 20     4:00 - 6:00 pm	uppers
Wed.	April 22     6:15 - 8:15 pm	uppers
Fri.	April 24     4:00 - 6:00 pm	helmets
Sat.	April 25     2:00 - 5:00 pm	Spring Game