(Azusa) The Azusa Pacific Cougars battled the heat Wednesday afternoon practicing in 100+ degree temperatures in one of their last couple practices before the season starts. The Cougars will leave Friday to take on West Texas A&M on Saturday in the season opener.
More than 100 players are on the roster and all went through the drills under the blistering sun. Victor Santa Cruz and staff made sure the pace of practice was good with plenty of water breaks worked in.
The Cougars will look to build on the success of the 2016 season in which they earned the GNAC Conference title and an invitation to the Division II playoffs. APU will open the season as the #13 team in the American Football Coaches Association football poll.