WMBD/WYZZ-TV - BARTONVILLE, Ill. - Ever step they take gets them a little closer to history.
Robert Morris University, the first Peoria-based college to offer football in four decades, practiced with pads for the first time over the weekend. RMU will debut football next month.
Most of the roster is comprised of Peoria-area players looking for a chance to play football again.
"We had to work out before we got padded up," said quarterback Tim Finney of Farmington. "But once we got our helmets and pads on, everybody fell back into -- we're football players again."
No college football has been played in Peoria since Bradley University disbanded its program in the early 1970's.
"We've had to hold them back," said head coach Loren Peacock of RMU's first practice with pads on Saturday. "They're thoroughbreds and they want to go. With our numbers, we don't have the luxury to be banging on these guys. They're playing college football, they know how to tackle and hit."
Tim Finney/RMU quarterback: "We had to work out before we got padded up. But once we got our helmets and pads on, everybody fell back into -- we're football players again.">>