Sunday, August 05, 2007
ORANGEBURG, SC – South Carolina State, Sunday, began preparing for its historic 2007 football campaign, conducting its first preseason drill amid high temperatures at the Bulldog practice field. The session, which included ninety players, lasted approximately one hour and forty minutes.
SC State head coach Buddy Pough, who is beginning his sixth season at the helm, said his team, for the most part, reported in good physical shape although a couple of players did experience some cramping in the 90-degree plus temps.
“We did report in pretty good shape,” Pough said “and that’s always a plus. “And, we also showed a lot of enthusiasm (in our first workout), but sadly to say, it didn’t translate into great execution.
“But, it’s the first day,” he continued, “and we realize we have a long way to go to be ready for our season opener at Air Force Sept. 1.”
Pough said the first workout included individual drills, which concentrated on fundamentals, installation of the offensive and defensive schemes and a good bit of attention to special teams.
“I saw a lot of good signs,” the Bulldog mentor noted. “We will continue to work hard and get our systems installed and watch for progress each day.”
The Bulldogs return to the field Monday morning for a 9:30 walk-through, then conduct their second practice at approximately 3:40 p.m. The team will conduct its first practice in pads Thursday.
SC State celebrates its Centennial (100 Years of Bulldog Football) during the 2007 campaign and will meet two Div. I-A schools for the first time in school history.