Tuesday, March 20, 2007
ORANGEBURG, SC – South Carolina State began preparing for an historic football season Tuesday as the Bulldogs kicked off spring drills with a two-hour plus workout under the lights.
The 2007 campaign will mark the 100th year of football for the Bulldogs, who also will be playing two Division I schools for the first time in their history. SC State opens the season Sept. 1 at the Air Force Academy and play at the University of South Carolina Sept. 15, two weeks later.
The first hour of Tuesday’s drill was devoted mostly to individual workouts, with the last hour or so used for team exercises, according to Bulldog head coach Buddy Pough, who is beginning his sixth season at the helm.
“In these early workouts, we mainly want to see what kind of condition our players are in and how well they have retained the knowledge of things from last season.
And, I can honestly say that we are probably in better conditioning than we have been in the past couple of years. Our off-season conditioning program has really paid off.
“We also have a lot better knowledge of things,” he continued, “especially on offense and this enables us to establish a much-better pace and show more cohesiveness on both sides of the ball.”
Pough noted that areas the staff was looking to establish early was at running back where three-time 1000-yard rusher DeShawn Baker is gone, offensive line where two-time All-American Clyde Reed has departed and the defensive line where All-MEAC performer Eric Turner was among three losses.
SC State’s spring drills call for workouts Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m., Fridays at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday scrimmages at 10:30 a.m., with the exception of the Easter weekend. The Bulldogs will take Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays off.
Pough’s team will culminate drills Apr. 14 with its annual Garnet and Blue Spring Game, beginning at 1 p.m.