Football squad opens spring practice tomorrow

Portland State Football will begin spring practice on tomorrow afternoon at the PSU Community Field. The Vikings will hit the field as they prepare for the 2001 season in hopes of filling the holes left by a large exiting senior class.

Preparing for a rebuilding season, head coach Tim Walsh will get his first look at who is ready to step forward for the Vikings as just six full-time starters return for 2001.

Portland State has 35 letterwinners and 24 redshirts returning. In addition, a number of junior college transfers who have arrived early and a handful of walk-ons will begin workouts at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The Vikings will practice four days a week through May 12. The spring game will take place at the PSU community field at 8:30 a.m.

Wide receiver Terry Charles will be the marquee player for the Vikings in 2001. But there will be battles at most every other position for starter status. Along with Charles (knee), a handful of players will be unable to practice this spring due to injuries or off-season surgeries, including Scott Lesure (shoulder), Brad Ransom (shoulder), Adis Davytan (knee) and Tanner Cole (back).