Eau Claire (WQOW) -- A helmet, shoulder pads and an alarm clock -- all will be needed for UW-Eau Claire football players this season.
The Blugolds are hitting the field bright and early this year, with practices starting at 6:30 a.m. Coach Todd Glaser says it is a way to make sure players have plenty of time to focus on both football and academics. Players say the early practices are an adjustment, but it should pay dividends this season.
"We're up, we're getting energized, it's morning," says senior running back Joel Sweeney. "I think it'll be just getting a lot of sleep early and just being able to get up."
"I mean, it's a little early for me, but overall I think it's going to be a really positive thing for our team. To wake up earlier, get up earlier, it'll be good for our class schedules and homework as well. So I think it will be good all in all," adds senior linebacker Sean Graham.
The Blugolds play their first two games on the road, starting September 7th against St. Thomas (MN).
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