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May 24, 2013

Buffs prepare for summer football schedule

McALESTER — The McAlester Buffaloes won’t play their first game of the 2013 season until Sept. 7, when they travel to Stillwater. But the Buffaloes plan to make good use of the four and half months until then, with spring football practice starting this week and continuing next week.

The Buffs have alternated training in the Hook Eales indoor facility and on their practice field opposite Hook Eales Stadium on Sixth Street. They’ve already begun learning the offensive, defensive and special teams plays they’ll use throughout the season, also spend time lifting and watching film.

Spring practice concludes Thursday, and on Friday the Buffs’ JV team and younger players will head to Savanna for a team camp with the Bulldogs and Tishomingo that will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Indians coach Nic Claborn is a former offensive line coach for the Buffs, and about 40-50 Buffs should make the short trip south to Savanna.

Pratt said the Savanna camp is for the younger Buffs because only the varsity — approximately 30 players — will travel to the University of Tulsa for TU Team Camp on June 5. The team will spend three days there, getting to test itself against top Oklahoma schools such as Union and Muskogee, plus other schools from surrounding states.

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