Friday, March 16, 2007
ORANGEBURG, SC – South Carolina State will begin preparing for its 100th year of football Tuesday (Mar. 20) when the Bulldogs begin spring football drills.
The Bulldogs will practice on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m., at 4:30 on Fridays and have a weekly scrimmage on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. with the exception of the Easter weekend, according to head coach Buddy Pough.
Approximately 75 players are scheduled to participate in the drills, according to Pough, who will be looking to replace 15 seniors, 12 of them starters on last season’s 7-4 team.
Pough, who is beginning his sixth season as Bulldog head coach, said he and his staff would use spring drills to develop depth and build an all-round sense of urgency for the upcoming season, in which SC State faces to Division I opponents for the first time. “We have a very competitive schedule, especially early,” he said. “It’s important that we work hard to get better so we can compete against those types (Div. I) of schools.”
SC State will culminate spring workouts Saturday, Apr. 14, with its annual Garnet and Blue Spring Game at Dawson Bulldog Stadium, which has a tentative starting time of 1 p.m.
The Bulldogs, who will play an 11-game schedule in 2007, open the season Sept 1 at Air Force, then travel to Bethune-Cookman Sept. 8, before facing intrastate rival South Carolina in Columbia on Sept. 15. The first home contest is Sept. 22 against Winston-Salem State.