“I’m really excited to get started,” Head Coach Ed Lamb – who is entering his fifth year at the program’s helm – said. “This has been the best team I’ve ever been around, as a player or as a coach or otherwise. They’ve worked incredibly hard, they’ve made a sacrifice and a commitment to each other, the vast majority of them have stuck around all summer and never went home, they’ve trained every day. It’s been a fantastic summer, I can’t wait to see them get going in training camp.”
Lamb also said that one of the priorities of the first week of camp is to instill the team’s work ethic and culture into the newcomers and to see the team come together.
“So many of our veterans are really in tune to our culture of practice and work ethic and the way we do things on a daily basis, from meetings to weight room to the practice field to just behavior in the community, my first priority is really to get that culture spread throughout the whole team, with particular emphasis on the new guys who are coming from different types of programs that have maybe some different things that are emphasized, wherever they were at,” he pointed out.
The Thunderbirds open the season Aug. 30 at Utah State, then travel to UC Berkeley for a game against Cal on Sept. 8. The home-opener is Sept. 15, when New Mexico Highlands visits Cedar City, and the first Big Sky game is Sept. 22 at Portland State.
SUU hosts Montana State live and in high definition on ROOT Sports in its first home Big Sky matchup on Sept. 29, a game which is also SUU’s homecoming contest.
SUU then hosts Sacramento State on Oct. 6 before traveling to Montana on Oct. 13. The final two home games are scheduled for Oct. 20 and 27, when the T-Birds host Weber State and Eastern Washington, respectively.
The team then wraps up the regular season with two road games, traveling to North Dakota for a Nov. 3, contest, and to Northern Arizona for a match-up on Nov. 10.