The final leg of the first stage in Bruce Barnum’s year-long audition as interim head coach begins August 10 when Portland State opens preseason camp on August 10 at Stott Community Field with a 4 p.m. workout.
After that, the Vikings will practice mostly in the mornings beginning at 9 a.m. Barnum has scheduled two full contact scrimmages on Aug. 19 and Aug. 26.
All practices and scrimmages are open to the public.
The Vikings return an experienced team with 59 letterwinners and 16 starters returning from 2014. PSU also has 18 returning redshirts, meaning 77 current players were in the program in 2014. Including transfers, PSU had about 87 players participate in spring practice four months ago, a good start for a new coach looking to impress his bosses and earn a long-term contract.
Between spring workouts and two months of summer workouts, Barnum is pleased with PSU’s progress and where the Vikings stand with a month of fall practices and a daunting 2015 schedule ahead.
“I like how the team adjusted to the coaching change and the turn they took on the field,” said Barnum, who was named interim coach last December. “They bought into what we wanted – a return to blue-collar, tough, fundamental football. I like how they adjusted to the new systems and the changes on defense. Our new defensive coordinator (Malik Roberson) is experienced, energetic, smart and on the same page that I am.”
The Vikings face a formidable schedule that includes two FBS opponents on the road for the second year in a row (Washington State and North Texas) and three FCS playoff teams (Eastern Washington, Montana and Montana State).
Portland State is scheduled to meet last year’s top five finishers in the Big Sky (EWU, Montana, Montana St., Idaho State, Cal Poly) and eight teams with a combined conference mark of 38-26 (.593) last year.
PSU will not play last year’s bottom two teams (UC Davis, Weber State) and four Big Sky teams with a combined conference mark of 12-20 (.375). The Vikings square off with league powerhouses Montana (10/31) and Montana State (10/17) at home during the same season for the first time since 1999. Montana makes its first appearance in Portland since 2010, while Montana State comes to Providence Park for the first time since 2011.
The Vikings travel to Idaho State (9/12), Cal Poly (10/24), Northern Colorado (11/7) and Eastern Washington (11/21) in league play, and host North Dakota (10/3 at Hillsboro Stadium) and Southern Utah (11/14) in addition to Montana and Montana State.
— Barnum will speak Wednesday at a Kiwanis Club of Portland luncheon at the Benson Hotel. Eight Viking players will also be in attendance for the luncheon. The event is open to the public and reservations are required. For more information contact Connie Shipley at (503) 830-1028 or Dave Ripley at 503-522-4038.
— Season and single-game tickets are now on sale for Portland State Football. Season tickets range from $60 to $100 each. Single-game tickets range from $20 to $69. Students and B-Mart section tickets are $10 each. Kids 14 and under are $5. Visit www.GoViks.com or call 1-888-VIK-TIKS for all details and pricing.
2015 FALL CAMP PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Aug. 10: 4-7 p.m.
Aug. 11: 9-11 a.m.
Aug. 12: 9-11 a.m.
Aug. 13: 9-11 a.m.
Aug. 14: 9-11 a.m.
Aug. 15: 9-11 a.m.
Aug. 16: OFF
Aug. 17: 9-11 a.m.
Aug. 18: 9-11 a.m. and 4-5:30 p.m.
Aug. 19: 4-7 p.m. (Scrimmage)
Aug. 20: 9-11 a.m.
Aug. 21: 9-11 a.m. and 4-5:30 p.m.
Aug. 22: 9-11 a.m.
Aug. 23: OFF
Aug. 24: 9-11 a.m.
Aug. 25: 9-11 a.m.; 4-5:30 p.m.
Aug. 26: 4-7 p.m. (Scrimmage)
Aug. 27: OFF
Aug. 28: 9-11 a.m.
Aug. 29: 9-11 a.m.
Aug. 30: OFF
Aug. 31: 9-11 a.m.
Sept. 1: 9-11 a.m.
Sept. 2: 9-11 a.m.
Sept. 3: 9-11 a.m.
Sept. 4: Travel to Pullman, WA
Sept. 5: Portland State at Washington State, 11 a.m. (Martin Stadium)(Pac-12 Network)
Reach Scott Hood at ScottHood63@gmail.com