HAYS, Kansas -

If you ask the Fort Hays State football team, you couldn’t ask for better weather to open spring football drills.

“It’s been cold all week and this weekend,” said Tigers quarterback Treveon Albert. “This is a great day, everybody is pretty hyped. It’s a great time to be out here and we’re just ready to have some fun.”

The warm weather is also good for the coaches.

“Great day to be out here,” said head coach Chris Brown. “It’s perfect for us. Hopefully it stays like this our kids get better, enjoy the weather and work hard and become better players.”

Monday marks the beginning of the fourth spring practices under Brown, and the Tigers have improved each season with him at the helm. But Brown says their work is far from done.

“We’ve got to find depth especially on special teams. We can’t have our starters on every special team,” said Coach Brown. “I feel pretty good about the guys we’ve got. They are pretty smart kids, they work hard, they want to learn and they want to be good.”

Fort Hays will hold its three practices without pads this week, break for spring break and then return to finish up the spring ball. Despite the unusual schedule, the Tigers have very conventional goals.

“The attitude is great,” said Albert. “We gotta want to come out here, we gotta want to work and get better and that’s how we get wins.”