The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


July 8, 2012

NEO A&M football set to open summer drills

More than 100 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M football prospects are expected to report today to begin four weeks of midsummer workouts and classroom work.

“For all intent and purpose our summer is over,” Golden Norsemen head coach Dale Patterson said in a release. “We’ll work with the guys these next four weeks, and then we’ll come back on Aug. 14 to begin preseason drills.”

This is the third year that teams in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference have participated in a midsummer program designed to help with both academic progress and conditioning.

“This is an excellent opportunity for the incoming players to get to know me and what I am going to expect out of them,” Patterson said. “I want them to know that I expect a high intensity practice. Once we cross the wire out there, we’re into a go-go-go mode that’s full speed. Then when it’s rest time, we’ll rest. ... And even though they will have two weeks off, when they come back (in August), they’ll be in better physical condition than if they had the whole summer off.”

The players won’t spend all their time learning the offensive playbook or defensive schemes.

“I’m more concerned about them learning about positive attitude, team unity, enthusiasm, accountability and commitment,” Patterson said. “These are the things you’ve got to have to be successful.”

The Norsemen are expecting to return approximately 45 sophomores from last year’s team that finished 3-6.

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