1989 Bears Visit Plaster

By Megan Rice | mrice@kolr10.com

Published 07/19 2014 08:09PM

Updated 07/19 2014 09:40PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo--The players can hardly wait, Plaster Field is nearly ready and I'm sure the fans are anxiously awaiting the start of the Missouri State football season. To help start the countdown to kick off some of the 1989 Bears football team toured Plaster Stadium Saturday.

This year will mark the 25th anniversary of the Bears' quarterfinals trip in the 1989 FCS playoffs.

And taking a look around the new field were former coach Jesse Branch and quarterback DeAndre Smith, among others. Both of which helped lead MSU to it's last playoff appearance. 

"They've made some big time improvements here. It's exciting to see and to be back here with my teammates and get a tour of just the whole campus in general it's just great to see. I don't think anybody had more fun than I had or my teammates had here in Springfield. It was a great time for us," said DeAndre Smith.

"Well it reminds me of 1988 when the turf was going down for the first time and then of course I think it was '91 when the double deck went up and those kind of things, they were just monumental happenings. You got to keep showing progress if you're going to have a football team, this helps," said Jesse Branch.

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