MOUNT PLEASANT - Sunrise was at approximately 7:50 a.m. Tuesday, but the lights at Kelly/Shorts Stadium were on long before that.
The Central Michigan football program returned to the practice field for the first time since November early Tuesday morning, taking the field at 7:15 a.m. for the first of 15 spring practice sessions.
The Chippewas held a spirited two-hour workout in helmets and shorts, taking advantage of unseasonably warm temperatures to open the spring season outside.
"Today was a good day," said CMU head coach Dan Enos. "I know our guys were really looking forward to today. We have a lot of guys returning, but we also have a lot of guys that we redshirted and guys who didn't play a lot last year who are stepping into roles, so those guys were all chomping at the bit to get out here."
Wednesday is an off day, but the team will return to the practice field Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week. CMUChippewas.com will provide coverage of each day of camp, previewing the Chippewas' offense on Thursday and defense on Friday before introducing the newest member of the coaching staff, Mose Rison, on Saturday.
CMU's spring football game is set for Saturday, April 14 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. A free kids clinic, hosted by the Chippewas' players and coaches, will begin at 11:30 a.m., with kickoff of the spring game slated for 2 p.m.