Griffons Open Fall Camp Under the Lights

Published 08/14 2014 08:22PM

Updated 08/14 2014 11:11PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The Chiefs have packed up and returned to Kansas City, so Thursday night the Griffons reclaimed their facilities.

Missouri Western opened the fall camp with a practice under the lights at Spratt Stadium.

The Griffons finished fourth in the MIAA a season ago, and are picked to land in the same place in the conference's preseason media poll.

Last season's finish, including three home losses in the final four games, is motivating this team.

"It's going to be in the back of our minds -- losing those games at home and leaving the fans salty," junior running back Raphael Spencer said. "It left a hard feeling in my heart. But I feel like we're going to be good. We've got that hunger. We've got young guys that are ready to eat. We're going to get it done."

One of the major position battles in Missouri Western's camp this season is between the quarterbacks.

Redshirt freshmen T.J. LaFaver and Skyler Windmiller are fighting for the starting job.

LaFaver received snaps with the first-team offense in practice Thursday, and appears to have an edge in the race.

Missouri Western begins the season September 4 at home against Central Missouri.

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