Thursday, August 09, 2007
ORANGEBURG, SC – Despite one of the hottest days of the preseason, South Carolina State’s first workout in full pads was very productive, according to Bulldog head coach Buddy Pough.
“It was very hot out there,” said Pough, “but I thought our players did a great job of fighting through the conditions and having a productive practice. I tell you I was real proud of them. I think you can tell that this team has really got a little ‘zip’ to it.”
Specifically, in their first drill in full pads, although it there was not full-contact, the Bulldogs completed installation of the offense and defense and continued to focus on fundamentals and special teams.
“With the installation essentially completed,” Pough said, “We now will work on cleaning up some of the mistakes being made in our execution. It’s important that we work through the mistakes and sharpen our execution. There is a lot of work ahead of us, but I feel we are getting there.”
The Bulldogs begin two-a-day workouts Friday, with the first practice set for 8:30 a.m. and the after drill at 6:50 p.m. The morning workout will be the team’s first full- contact drill.
Pough’s team will hold its first scrimmage Saturday at 2 p.m. after conducting “Press and Picture” day in the morning. The scrimmage will be open to the public, however, all subsequent scrimmages will be closed, according to Pough.
Also, SC State said the starting time for its historic Sept. 15 match with South Carolina in Columbia will be 7 p.m.