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Courtesy: USF Athletics

Cougar Spring Finale Set for Saturday at Bob Young

Courtesy: USF Athletics
          Release: 04/24/2012
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The University of Sioux Falls football team will hold the final of its 15 spring practices Saturday, April 28 at Bob Young Field. Kick-off is set for 7:10 p.m. The Spring Game is open to the public and free of charge. USF football also encourages high school juniors to participate in the festivities leading up to the spring finale for Junior Day.

"Spring practice has given our young guys a chance to compete and battle our veterans for positions on the depth chart," said third-year head coach Jed Stugart. "That is what spring is all about, competing and challenging one another to get better. Through 14 practices, the offense and defense has been pretty balanced so Saturday should be fun."

USF returns 56 letterwinners (29 offense/26 defense/1 special teams), including 11 starters (6 offense/7defense/1 special teams). In addition, the Cougars will also receive the services of running back Kristian Porter, who led USF with 252 all-purpose yards in just two games played before being sidelined for the 2011 season.

The Cougars come off a shortened transitional season, in which the team competed in nine games, amassing a record of 5-4. Highlighted by a five-game win streak and competitive losses at D-I FCS members, McNeese State and No.25 University of North Dakota, the Cougars will look to build on the momentum that paced the second half of the 2011-12 season.

"Knowing we have an opportunity to play for a conference title or post-season berth has really elevated the player's level of excitement and enthusiasm this spring. It has been great," said Stugart.

USF begins its season Thursday, Aug. 30, when they travel to St. Cloud, Minn. to face 2011 NSIC Co-Champions, St. Cloud State University in the school's first-ever meeting on the gridiron.

To RSVP or learn more information about Junior Day, please contact Dustan Hovorka at dustan.hovorka@usiouxfalls.edu. Beginning at 5:00 p.m., check-in will take place next to the right of the stadium. A tentative Junior Day schedule has been provided below.

USF Junior Day Itinerary
4:45 - 5:00 pm- Check-in

5:00 pm- Welcome and Staff Introduction

5:10 pm- Admissions

5:20 pm- Strength and Conditioning

5:30 pm- Financial Aid

5:40 pm- USF Athletic Chaplin

5:50 pm- Press Box/Cougar Bubble Tour

6:05 pm- Complex Vision

6:20 pm- Recruiting 101

6:40 pm- Highlight Video

6:50 pm- Pre-Game

7:10 pm- Kick-off USF Spring Game



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