For anyone looking for an idea of what the weeks prior to the start of preseason football practice is like for Zips coach Terry Bowden, here’s the answer: his mind wanders between different feelings.
“It’s wishing I had more time and that we need to be ready to go,” Bowden said. “You’re officially starting to get excited, but getting nervous.”
While some might suspect that Bowden and his staff will get a chance to relax prior to practice’s start, these next couple of weeks will be filled with football
Beginning Sunday they will be at the MAC meetings in Detroit and Bowden will participate in the MAC Media Day Tuesday which will air on ESPN 3. After that the staff heads to a coach’s retreat over the weekend to go over final plans for camp and then it’s back to reality, which includes seven-day work weeks from the start of practice until National Signing Day.
But with all of this comes some optimism from Bowden. The team, which has won just two games in the past two years, is putting in the work. Bowden said that they’ve had almost 100 percent participation in voluntary offseason workouts, something some might not expect from a program’s whose recent calling card has been that of futility. Bowden said that he’s learned at least one thing about his team.
“I know with certainty that they will do whatever it takes to be successful. I know for a fact that whatever we asked of them, they’ve totally bought in. That’s critical,” he said. “That’s a great feeling because so many times, I don’t think you know where your players stand.”