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SOUTH KINGSTOWN- Itâs almost football season, and every Ram fan in the entire state is looking forward to when the University of Rhode Island first takes the field in the season opener against Marshall on Sept. 6. However, until the game, the team must put in the hard work in the summer to improve as a team and begin a new season of URI football.
This past Sunday, on URIâs practice field, the Rams kicked off a new era in the first training camp under new head coach Jim Fleming.
The Rams began their 2014 season with two practices on Sunday beginning early at 10 a.m. and followed up with a second practice at 3:30 p.m. The team also had a practice on Monday, running from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. It is the teamâs first steps towards rebuilding after a disappointing 3-9 2013 campaign, including a 2-6 conference record.
Despite the struggles of last season, the team is extremely confident under coach Flemingâs new regime.
âThe level of expectation has increased dramatically,â said linebacker Andrew Bose following practice on Monday. âHe holds us to a high standard as players and tries to make us become the best players we can be. The intensity has really picked up, and we, as a team, really enjoy the challenge.â
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