SPRINGFIELD, Mo–The Missouri State Bears football team took the gridiron this afternoon for their first spring practice of 2018.
The Bears are coming off a 3-8 season.
Dave Steckel enters his fourth year with a 8-25 overall record and just a 4-20 record in the conference.
The Bears return several key players including quarterback Peyton Huslig, tailback Jason Randall and safety Jared Beshore.
Wednesday kicks off about of month full of practices for the Bears.
“All the seniors that have been with us, it’s Year 4 for them. So I’ve told them they’re responsible for the program now. They know all the things we’re supposed to do. You take care of the little guys and let’s get this thing going. I think we’ve been getting better over time, and we’re going to take some big steps this year,” said Dave Steckel.
“Especially with how the season ended, I think all of us were ready to get out here and get better. Everybody was very ready to be out here. We’ve got to bring a ton of energy, and that energy has to stay all through spring ball in practice 14, 15, through the spring game and then through summer,” said Peyton Huslig.