Tuskers head coach Jay Gruden and quarterback Brooks Bollinger hope to see some of the same success they saw after reaching the championship game in 2009 (Photo courtesy of United Football League).
UFL Preseason Officially Started Monday in Orlando
Orlando, Fla. (Tuesday, August 17, 2010) – After the Florida Tuskers officially got the United Football League (UFL) preseason underway by opening camp on Monday in Orlando, the remaining four member clubs of the UFL are scheduled to get started by this time next week. Both the Hartford Colonials and Las Vegas Locos will open camp on Wednesday, with the Omaha Nighthawks and Sacramento Mountain Lions scheduled to start the preseason on Saturday and Tuesday, respectively.
“We expect to get better every day,” Tuskers head coach Jay Gruden stated from training camp. “We have a lot of talent and veterans that know our system for a year or two. I think that’s going to be an advantage for us.”
With the UFL now entering its second season, Gruden commented on the smaller learning curve that comes from having a core group of returning players.
“Last year, we didn’t have that (advantage) because we came in brand new,” he remarked. “We had a bunch of new guys trying to teach a system in a short period of time. This year, we have about 25-30 veterans back who know the system, and the rookies we brought in are veteran-type guys. We expect great things from each individual, along with this team.”
Each of the UFL teams will conduct training camp from the respective region in which it will play its 2010 home schedule. The only team that will not be training directly in its host city is the Hartford Colonials, which will be holding its preseason at Sage Park in neighboring Berlin, Connecticut. The league does so in an effort to be directly committed to the local community, also leaving camps open to offer a hands-on experience for the fans of the league.
“There is a lot of anticipation for our second season to start, and once teams get underway at training camp, there really is that excitement of the kickoff only being a short time away,” UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue said. “This year, our fans can follow their teams’ progress in the five home cities, and as part of our promise to bring the fans closer to the action, elements of all training camps are open to the public.”
UFL rosters hold 52 players, and the league’s mandatory cut-down date is Thursday, September 9th. The UFL regular season will kick off with a pair of games on Saturday, September 18th, and it will conduct its championship game over Thanksgiving Weekend.
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