ABILENE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' ninth-ranked football team took the field for the first time this season as head coach Jesse Burleson led 193 players through the first workout of the season.
"It's that time of year where everything that we put into it comes to fruition – from recruiting, to offseason, spring, summer camps it all comes together at this point to start something new," said Burleson.
"We have a great group of returners and we have a lot of talented newcomers as well. We have to find out who goes where and how they can help our team reach its goals. Is that as a starter or playing on special teams or running the scout team practice everyone has a job and this is the time to determine those roles on the team."
The Cowboys are coming off a fourth-straight 9-2 season and return 68 lettermen and 11 starters for this year's team. The group is hungry and wants to take that next step.
"As crazy as it sounds, I believe another 9-2 season would be a disappointment," said Burleson. "We have tasted success. Now, how do you go from very good to elite? I think as a team this is the hardest step to take to get to the next level. We know in our locker room that we can do it, but the only way you can prove that is to do it on the field. That's the challenge."
The Cowboys will go through fall camp before starting school on Aug. 26 and then have a scrimmage against Texas College at Aledo High School on Aug. 28. HSU will open the season on Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. at Sul Ross State.
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