ABILENE, Texas - After a long offseason and week 1 bye, it's finally game week for Hardin-Simmons football.
That open date provided extra practice time, but boy does it feel good to prepare for another team, as the Cowboys under Jesse Burleson get back to business this Saturday, entering the season ranked 10th in the nation by d3football.com.
“It's been really difficult because we're ready to strike some strangers instead of hitting on each other like we have been for what feels like forever when it really hasn't been that long,” said head coach Jesse Burleson.
The Cowboys host Texas College in a 1 p.m. Kickoff at Shelton Stadium – also marking the debut of a new video scoreboard.
But on the field, lots of experience for this year's Cowboys eager to get going, as newly-dubbed starting QB Landry Turner will take the reins of a high powered offence this season with tons of talented weapons around him. Some include All-Americans Alex Bell and Reese Childress at wide receiver, and a 1,400 yard back Jaquan Hemphill.
The early bye week may have been tough on his players early on, but now this group is using that extra time to its advantage – extra practice, and now forcing the team to be in that game week rhythm, with no interruptions.
“It's so difficult during the season once you're in a routine, to start and stop, then get going back again,” said Burleson. So I actually prefer this after doing it one year. I thought it was going to be terrible, but I'd rather have it this way for sure."
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