It's early spring, but for part of Monday afternoon, it felts and looked like summer.

With temperatures hovering near 90 degrees late Monday afternoon, the Alice Coyotes took to the football practice field for the start of spring football drills.

It was the first of 18 practices over the next month. The football practices will lead up to an Orange and White spring game in Memorial Stadium. The team's first two practices are in shorts. The team begins practice in full pads Wednesday.

Alice head coach Kyle Atwood, beginning his third season here, said this round of spring football is crucial since the Coyotes’ roster has some holes, and the practices over the next few weeks it will help coaches determine which players can fill in.

“We don’t have quite as many starters back as we did last year, so this year, it’s vital for us in order to find out whom we put in those positions,” he said. “I think offensively, we’ll be sound. Last year, we had almost zero coming back, but this year we'll have an understanding of the system. On defense, we’re looking for kids that move fast and are athletic. We have kids in new positions, so the more reps we get the better. We did a lot of stuff in the offseason, but now we’re just looking for kids that can go out and tackle.”

In all, a group of about 100 current freshmen, sophomores and juniors are participating in the spring football drills.