Friday, August 10, 2007
ORANGEBURG, SC – South Carolina State held its first full-contact workout Friday as the Bulldogs began two-a-day drills, according to head coach Buddy Pough. The 8:30 a.m. practice, approximately two hours, was the first in full pads and full contact for the Bulldogs. The evening drill, which lasted only about one hour and 15 minutes, was conducted in shells – shorts, helmets and shoulder pads.
Pough lamented the hot and humid temperatures his team has had to battle against, but commended the players on their efforts.
“It’s two-a-day time,” said Pough, following his team’s morning practice. “The weather conditions (high temps) are a factor, but our guys are showing toughness. I’m proud of the kind of fight this group is showing, fighting through the hot weather.
“We are not as sharp as I’d like us to be,” he continued, “but that will take time. We are a little behind depth-wise as well. But the best part of the deal, is that we are in good shape.”
Pough said over half of the players on the 2007 squad was on campus this summer and participated in voluntary workouts.
“Our summer workout program has made a big difference and I thank the administration for its assistance in the availability of our players this summer.”
In Friday’s afternoon session, the team reviewed assignments for its first scrimmage of the season, Saturday at 2 p.m. The scrimmage will follow the team’s “Media Day,” which will be conducted at 9 a.m. at O.C. Dawson Stadium.