LEXINGTON, Va. -

Spring football is underway in Lexington, where the VMI Keydets are in their second week of April practices.

Wednesday marked their third practice, with the team suiting up in pads for the first time this Spring.

VMI has high hopes for an improved season after last year ended with a 2-9 finish for the Keydets.

"Attitude is great. They get the change to come over here and do something about it. They just don't have to sit around and talk about what happened," head coach Sparky Woods said. "We had a great winter. Our test scores went up in terms of strength, size and speed. We've improved in that area, so carrying it to the practice field is fun. It's just another step in our preparation for next fall."

The Keydets lost six straight games to close the schedule, which makes them that much more eager to take the field this Spring.

"It drives us since the end of the season. I remember after the last game I was in the very next day watching film with Coach Woods, not only talking about our goals, not only for next season but this Spring ball," senior quarterback Eric Kordenbrock added. "We talked about how it's important to have goals for spring ball so that you can build for short term goals, reach those goals and then move on to the fall of next year. It definitely motivates us to do better. We're going to be working hard."

VMI opens the 2013 season at Richmond on August 31st.