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Prep Two-A-Days: DeWitt and East Lansing

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(WLNS) - Monday was day one of prep football practice....and it's time for a 2nd straight season of our 6 Sports Two-a-Days...we'll visit 20 teams in the next 10 days folks..

Double-sessions for the 6 Sports staff....we're going to 2 schools a day for 2 weeks.....we start with Rob Zimmerman's DeWitt Panthers....on the field early this morning in the sunshine.

What a sunny outlook for the Panthers with senior quarterback Jake Johnson back for his senior year after a record-breaking season as a junior. He's headed to CMU next fall...this DeWitt team is loaded....returning 10 starters on offense...

....and on day one -- no rest for the weary---running the hill---this is the drill that turned me into a sportscaster 40 years ago...but coaches? they love this stuff:

Reporter: when you got out of bed this morning....what was the first thing you thought of? Coach Zimmerman: "I gotta get going, I haven't been out of bed that early in the last 10 days...we've been off and, we had coaches meetings at 6:30 so, I was up at 5:30 and that was a little bit of change for me just in the last week so, I was know I got up and got showered as quick as I could and got up here. You know last night I didn't sleep very much, I think that's probably standard for most high school head coaches uh, coaches in general that you get excited for first day of football."

More we travel the local sports globe to visit as many local schools as we can....from the sunshine in the morning at DeWitt....

.to the downpour of rain at East Lansing High School this afternoon.....poor Bill Feraco looks like a fish....the show must go on on day one of practice....

....the Trojans coming off a 4-and-5 season and Feraco has some new help this year....his former star player and ex-Spartan Blake Treadwell is back to help out on his staff.....

....good numbers as always out for football at E.L. and when Feraco dried off he was able to talk about day one with his young team:

Reporter: Do you still get the buzz as a coach on day 1? Coach Feraco: Oh absolutely, absolutely...I mean it' know you...did I remember this? or did I forget that ....did I get the pads out...and all that stuff but the assistants have helped a great deal so uh, kind of went uninhibited."

We are doing 20 teams in 10 days ....Tuesday a visit to Holt and Lansing Eastern.....prep sports Two-a-Days each and every weeknight for the next 2 weeks.....only here on 6 Sports....

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