Richmond Opens Practices with High Expectations

Richmond, VA (WWBT)- The Richmond Spiders finished short of expectations in Latrell Scott's first year as head coach, but Scott and the team are dedicated to making improvements in 2011.

Preseason camp kicked off for the Spiders Friday afternoon at Robins Stadium.  The team worked out without pads and will have just one practice session per day until Wednesday, when they'll begin two-a-day practices.  Richmond will hold its first scrimmage next Saturday, August 13.

Richmond finished 2010 with a 6-5 record, one year after appearing in the NCAA quarterfinals and two years after capturing the FCS National Championship.  This season, Scott returns some key players from last year's roster.  Quarterback Aaron Corp returns and is nearing 100 percent, after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery following an injury last October.  Corp started five games last season, throwing three touchdown passes and four interceptions.  Tre Gray comes back as the Spiders' top receiver.  He averaged 47.6 yards per game last year and pulled in two touchdown catches.  Richmond struggled offensively, posting just 15.5 points and 273 total offensive yards per game in 2010.

Scott and the Spiders will kick off the 2011 season on the road at Duke on September 3.  Their home opener at Robins Stadium is set for September 10.