The University of Northern Iowa football team will report to fall camp Wed., Aug. 3, and will begin practice Thurs., Aug. 4. The Panthers return 18 starters from the 2010 squad that won the outright Missouri Valley Football Conference title and qualified for the FCS playoffs.
UNI was picked as the favorite to win the 2011 MVFC crown once again in the league's preseason poll. The Panthers were also tabbed eighth in the College Sporting News FCS Preseason Top 25 poll.
The Panthers will kick off the season at 6 p.m. on Sept. 3 at Iowa State.
UNI returns eight starters on offense, including senior quarterback and Walter Payton Award candidate Tirrell Rennie. The Panther defense returns nine starters, including senior defensive lineman Ben Boothby. Boothby was named to the preseason Buck Buchanan Award Watch List, becoming a candidate for the award given to the nation's best FCS defensive player.
All practices are open to the public. Media outlets wishing to attend practice should contact the UNI Athletic Communications office.
2011 UNI Preseason Football Practice Schedule
Aug. 3 Report to camp
Aug. 4 Practice #1
Aug. 5 Practice #2
Aug. 6 Practice #3
Aug. 7 No practice
Aug. 8 Media Day; Practice #4
Aug. 9 Practice #5
Aug. 10 Practice #6 / Practice #7
Aug. 11 Practice #8
Aug. 12 Practice #9 / Practice #10
Aug. 13 Practice #11
Aug. 14 No practice
Aug. 15 Practice #12 / Practice #13
Aug. 16 Practice #14
Aug. 17 Practice #15 / Practice #16
Aug. 18 Practice #17
Aug. 19 Practice #18 / Practice #19
Aug. 20 Practice #20
Aug. 21 No practice
Aug. 22 Fall semester begins