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Keiser hosts first practice, one year away from games

Keiser Head Coach Doug Socha works with the quarterbacks during the team's first practice.

As college football teams across the country prepare for their first games this weekend, Keiser University marks a year away from its football opener.

But Monday was a huge day in school history, as it hosted its first football practice. Former American Heritage and Oxbridge Academy head coach Doug Socha took over the brand new program in January, and brought in well over 100 players that showed up to work out Monday. Most of them hail from Palm Beach County, or its neighboring counties.

The team will spend the next year continuing to build the program from scratch, before starting its NAIA schedule in 2018.

One of the leaders of the team is former Palm Beach Central High School star Kemar Downer. The cornerback is one of a number of players on the roster with Division 1 experience - Downer played a year at FAU, and then spent a year at South Dakota of the FCS.

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