Thursday, April 12, 2007
ORANGEBURG, SC – South Carolina State, in a two-hour session under the lights Thursday, conducted its last full practice session with all live drills. The Bulldogs will take Friday off, and then hold their annual Garnet and Blue game Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m. at Dawson Bulldog Stadium. Admission is free.
In Thursday’s workout, SC State emphasized the running game and run defense, and also continued to give a lot of attention to special teams, particularly field goals and punts, according to head coach Buddy Pough.
“We continue to show some promise in executing our field goals and punts,” Pough noted. “We are excited about this of course since both are critical areas for your football team.”
Pough said the Bulldogs also conducted some situational drills on both offense and defense.
Saturday’s spring game will pit the Bulldog offense against the defense and will use a special scoring system for the defensive unit to earn points, according to Pough.
The defense will be awarded one point for holding the offense to a 3-and-out in a series, two points for recording a safety, seven points for scoring a touchdown, three points for a turnover and three points for a blocked field goal. The offense will score in the conventional way.
2007 will be a historic season for SC State which will celebrate its Centennial in football and also play a major school for the first time. The Bulldogs open the campaign Sept. 1 at Air Force and will meet intrastate rival South Carolina in Columbia Sept. 15.