Southern Utah football begins preparations for the fall Tuesday with the start of spring practice.
The Thunderbirds finished 4-4 their first season in the Big Sky Conference and 5-6 overall under coach Ed Lamb, who begins his sixth season in Cedar City.
Fifteen starters are scheduled to return, seven on defense, including linebacker Zak Browning and defensive end James Cowser. Browning led the nation's freshmen with an average of nearly 12 tackles a game. He also forced five fumbles and picked off a pass.