Sat, 10 Aug 2013 21:03:14 GMT — Fresh off of its first NCAA Semifinal appearance, the West Texas A&M football team is slated to begin its 102nd season of college football when the Buffaloes begin fall camp on Thursday, Aug. 15 at the Buffalo Sports Park. â??The Buffs are foaming at the bit as they are in really good shape heading into camp,â?? ninth-year head coach Don Carthel said. â??Our starting date is a week later this year and itâ??s tough to see the high school and NFL players already practicing while we have to wait until Thursday to get started. We have an outstanding group of players returning and we should have one of our better teams this fall.â?? The Buffs will start the 2013 season with a series of meetings on Thursday, prior to the first practice at 3 p.m., for both varsity and freshmen. All WT practices are open to the media and public. Media wishing to cover practice must notify the WT Athletic Media Relations Office prior to that dayâ??s practice. West Texas A&M is coming off of one of its best seasons in school history with a 12-3 mark and a share of its fifth Lone Star Conference championship with a 7-1 record and a berth in the NCAA Semifinals. WT, a No. 6-seed (Super Region Four) in the 2012 NCAA Playoffs, went 3-1 in the tournament for the first time in school history with wins over Chadron State, Ashland University and Colorado State-Pueblo before falling to Winston-Salem State. The Buffs finished a school-best fourth nationally last season in the final American Football Coaches Association Poll (AFCA). For the first time in school history the Buffs were selected first in the annual Lone Star Conference Preseason Coachesâ?? Poll which was released at the annual Media Day on July 30. Senior quarterback Dustin Vaughan and senior defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks were selected as the LSCâ??s Offensive and Defensive Preseason Players of the Year, respectively. The Buffs return 41 letterwinners from a year ago and have been ranked as high as No. 2 nationally in preseason publications. West Texas A&M opens the 2013 season at Western State in Gunnison, Colo., on Sept. 7 at 2 p.m. (CT). The Buffs then travel to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, for a nationally televised game against Chadron State on Thurs., Sept. 12 to open the Lone Star Football Festival. WT then opens the home slate Sat., Sept .21 at 6 p.m. at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium against Texas A&M-Commerce. WT Fall 2013 Camp Schedule Aug. 15 â?? 3 p.m. (Full Squad)Aug. 16 â?? 9 a.m.Aug. 17 â?? 9 a.m. Aug. 18 â?? 6:45 p.m.Aug. 19 â?? 6:30 p.m. (Full Pads)Aug. 20 â?? 9 a.m. (Full Pads) 7 p.m. (Shells)Aug. 21 â?? 9 a.m.Aug. 22 â?? 9 a.m. (Full Pads) 3:30 p.m. (Shells)Aug. 23 â?? 9 a.m. Aug. 24 â?? 10 a.m. Scrimmage (Kimbrough)Aug. 25 â?? 6:30 p.m. (Shells)Aug. 26 â?? No Practice (First Day of School)Aug. 27 â?? 6:30 p.m. (Full Pads)Aug. 28 â?? 6:30 p.m. (Full Pads)Aug. 29 â?? 6:30 p.m.Aug. 30 â?? 4 p.m. (Shells) Aug. 31 â?? 10 a.m. Scrimmage (Kimbrough)Sept. 1 â?? No PracticeSept. 2 â?? 7 p.m. (Shells)Sept. 3 â?? 6:45 p.m. (Kimbrough)Sept. 4 â?? 3:45 p.m. (Campus)Sept. 5 â?? 3:45 p.m. (Campus) Times and Schedule Subject to Change All Practices on WT Practice Fields unless noted
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