LEXINGTON, Va. - VMI Football is taking its show on the road.
For the first time in program history, the Keydets are moving a spring football practice “Off-Post” to William Fleming High School Saturday for a two-hour practice/scrimmage that begins at 12 Noon.
The scrimmage is part of a “VMI Day” event sponsored in part by the Williamson Road Business Retail Association in conjunction with the Roanoke chapter of the VMI Alumni Association. Those activities will begin earlier in the morning.
VMI head coach Sparky Woods is looking forward to showcasing VMI Football in the Roanoke Valley.
“I think the change of venue will help break up our routine a little bit and give us a chance to rub shoulders with the Roanoke Valley people and that will be great for our kids,” said Woods. “Our plan as far as practice goes is to get in a good scrimmage in and work on the things we need. The focus is the preparation for next fall, but this is not next fall, so we have to guard some of the people and some of the things to help our progression. Our guys like to scrimmage, so we have a chance to get after it a little bit.”
Woods said the two hour workout will consist of two separate scrimmage segments that will run about 30 plays each. Also slated throughout the practice are special teams skill work, red zone scenarios, and two-minute drills.
“I think it will be some good reps for us in a really nice facility at William Fleming and we can get some video that we can work with through the spring. I see it as a win-win opportunity for our program. Athletics bring people together and I think this gives us an opportunity to do that.”