TOWSON, Md. - Starting their third week of Spring Football, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Tigers will conduct a practice session in the heart of campus when the team practices at Burdick Field on Tuesday, April 20 at 3:30 p.m.
Unlike most of the Tigers' practice sessions this spring, the Burdick Field practice is open to the public.
For the Tigers, who have been practicing since April 2, this marks their ninth practice session of the spring.
The spring practice season concludes on Saturday, May 1 when Towson University holds its annual Black and Gold Spring Football Game at 12:30 p.m. at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.
When the Tigers practice at Burdick Field on Tuesday, they will be returning to the place where Tiger football started. From 1969 to 1977, the Tigers played their football games on Burdick Field, located in front of the University Union.
In 1978, the Tigers moved into Towson Stadium, the current location of Unitas Stadium.
This is the second time that Coach Ambrose has moved a Tiger practice session to Burdick Field. On March 27, 2009 spring, he conducted his first official practice as the Tigers' head coach at Burdick Field.
As he prepares for his second season as the Tigers' head coach, Ambrose has 51 returning letter winners in addition to a handful of "red shirt" freshmen and several transfer students.
Defensive backs Jeremy Gardner, Ollie Thomas and Ray White, all returning starters in the defensive secondary, lead a contingent of 14 seniors on the roster. Gardner and Thomas have been starters at cornerback for three years while White is a two-year starter at safety.
Offensive center Steve Jordan and offensive guard Chris Ritter, a pair of veteran seniors, lead the Tigers' offensive line. Wide receiver Hakeem Moore also returns as the Tigers' most experienced pass receiver.
After practicing at Burdick Field on Tuesday, the Tigers will have five more practice sessions before Spring Football comes to an end on May 1.