The Missouri State Bears hit the gridiron at Plaster Stadium Thursday afternoon for the first practice of the fall campaign. In the next month, Dave Steckel and his coaching staff will install the playbook and decide on a depth chart.
The season kicks off in 37 days, in Columbia against the Mizzou Tigers. Before game-planning for his former team, Stec must choose a new starting quarterback, with junior college transfer Peyton Huslig the favorite to start under center.
There will not be many new faces in the starting lineup, however, as 18 starters return from last season’s 4-7 squad. This is year three for Stec, and he said he sees a difference in his program.
“It’s really simple. I think they’re starting to trust us,” Steckel said. “I think they’re starting to see after hearing us, sitting with us, listening to us, our record’s kind of broken now, so it’s the same thing over and over. It’s producing better fundamentals. It’s producing better work habits.”
“We’ve got some guys coming back with some experience, a lot of guys getting after it, moving around,” junior running back Jason Randall said. “They know what to expect, and today, it was great to see everybody flying around.”