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August 29, 2013

Lions tune up for final scrimmage of 2013 preseason today

COMMERCE — A&M-Commerce took to the turf at Memorial Stadium on an overcast afternoon Wednesday, running through a 19-period practice. It marked the final tune-up before the Lions’ second scrimmage of the preseason, which gets underway at 7 p.m. today.

“This second scrimmage will be a key one for a lot of our younger players,” said head coach Colby Carthel. “This is their chance to set themselves a part and earn some playing time. For some, tomorrow’s scrimmage may be the last time they see significant reps, as it signals the end of our preseason camp. After tomorrow, we start our game-week preparations as it’s time to play some games that count.”

Carthel said he expects to run today’s scrimmage similar to a final NFL preseason game with the starters and backups seeing limited reps. The primary goal will be to give one last chance to younger players and those further down the depth chart to earn a chance to suit up once the season gets underway on September 7th.

After holding a pair of night practices to start off the week, A&M-Commerce hit the field at 4 p.m. Wednesday, once again helping get the players acclimated to playing in the heat and testing their focus and concentration. An extra emphasis was given to the Lion special teams units as A&M-Commerce ran through a handful of punt and kickoff return formations and reps.

With the attention turning to seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills at the end of practice, the A&M-Commerce wide receiving corps once again showed their depth, thanks to big plays and impressive catches from a handful of players. The veterans on the Lion defensive front also came up with some key stops as well.

When asked what the main key will be heading into today’s scrimmage, the response from Carthel was one that is echoed by thousands of coaches across the country.

“Keep everyone healthy,” Carthel responded. “It’s been a long preseason and the key is to just continue to play smart. If we can keep everyone healthy and then help us make some decisions on guys that can step up and fill some gaps, I’ll consider that a successful scrimmage.”

Today’s scrimmage marks the end of A&M-Commerce’s preseason camp as following a special teams-heavy practice Saturday morning, the Lions will settle into their game-week practice schedule Monday evening.

We are now just 11 days away from the start of the 2013 season, which kicks off at 6 p.m. on Sat., September 7th when A&M-Commerce hosts Sul Ross State.

Season tickets are still available but are going fast, so in order to ensure your seats for all five A&M-Commerce home games, contact the A&M-Commerce Athletic Department at (903) 886-5558.

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