Eastern Kentucky University spring football practice started last Friday. The upcoming season will be head coach Danny Hope’s second at the helm.Last season Hope and the Colonels finished the season with an overall record of 7-5 and a conference record of 6-2, giving them a second place finish in the league.

From last years team, Eastern lost 17 seniors, but have added 17 freshmen to their squad in the off season.

The Colonel offense returns key players: Quarterback Matt Guice, wide receivers Andre Ralston and Allen Evans and runningback C.J. Hudson.

The Eastern defense will be led by their linebacker crew of Justen Rivers, Jerome Jones and Will Stilley.

The Colonels will continue training throughout the spring and summer, in preparation for their season opener that will be held early this fall.