Football Opens 2009 Camp

BUENA VISTA, Va. The Southern Virginia University Football team arrived on campus Friday, August 7, and began practices over the weekend. Head Coach DeLane Fitzgerald and the SVU staff welcomed over 80 players to the program for the 2009 season. This marks the strongest team, numbers-wise, in the history of the program. And talent-wise, Fitzgerald and the staff feel it could be the most talented team in the program's short history.

"We have a fantastic group of newcomers that will combine with our returners," said Fitzgerald. "This group will be young, but they have a great amount of potential. We hope to work them hard and create a team-first environment. We're excited about what this season has to offer."

Practices began Saturday, Aug. 8, and will continue until Aug. 29. Southern Virginia will open up that night against NCAA Division II opponent Concord University. This game will mark the first time in program history that the Knights will open up the season at home. The game will be held at Parry McCluer High School, and starts at 6:00 P.M.

"I'm really looking forward to this season and what we can become," said Fitzgerald. "This first game will be a great contest as both teams have first-year coaches. We are working to have a team that SVU can be proud of, and we hope that we get great support from students, faculty, administrators and even the casual fan from around the area. This should be a great season."