Titans Get Ready For Preseason Opener Against Blizzard

By Michael Bonner, Reporter

Cedar Rapids Titan's T.J. Simmons, (right), rushes in for a tackle as Bloominton Edge's Charles Dowdell makes a catch during the first half of their game at Mediacom Field, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Friday, May 18, 2012. (Nikole Hanna/The Gazette-KCRG)

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CEDAR RAPIDS – Three hours, twice a day, isn’t enough for some players. The Cedar Rapids Titans’ two-a-days kicked off midnight on Feb. 1. The six hours of practice are geared toward next Saturday’s opening night against Chicago.

But until then, players gave their coach an unusual request.

“Most of the guys will tell you, they didn’t know three hours went by,” Stoute said. “They remember, ‘Coach it seems like 15 minutes.’ They’re actually asking for more plays and we’re shutting them down.”

Thursday the Titans can ditch practice as they welcome Green Bay for an exhibition game prior to the regular season kicking off.

Exhibition or not, some players plan on brining the same work ethic from practice to the game. Laron Council, who played for the Blizzard last year, won’t be looking for any extra motivation either.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun. I know a lot of guys in Green Bay,” Council said. “For me it’s more of a fun thing…not so much personal.”

Green Bay will certainly remember what he can do. Council set an IFL record last year with 1,040 yards rushing. The Kansas City native signed with the Titans in order to be close to his family.

He’s one of a handful of faces new to the Titans, including their head coach.

“It’s been a lot of fun. I’ve had a chance to meet fans in the outings we’ve had since I’ve been here. Everything’s been fantastic,” Stoute said. “One thing’s that impressed me, every place I’ve been, everyone knows who the Cedar Rapids Titans are.”

And he’s hoping some of the off the field notoriety will lead to some on it.

“One of the things that got me excited to take the job, I could see fans having a great time,” Stoute said. “Hopefully we’re going to give them a lot more wins. We’re looking to have playoff games here and a championship.”

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