Saturday, August 11, 2007
ORANGEBURG, SC – South Carolina State’s first scrimmage of the preseason was cut short Saturday as temperatures continued to soar. The Bulldogs had planned to conduct a one hundred (100)-play scrimmage, but headed to the locker room about half-way through the workout which started at 2 p.m.
“We just determined it was too hot,” said head coach Buddy Pough. “It was obvious after awhile that the conditions were taking a toll on our players. “Logistically, we should have considered moving it back a little, and we may have to adjust our schedule even if it pushes us back a bit because we need to protect our players.”
SC State got in fifty-two of the scheduled 100 plays and Pough said he saw some good things from his players.
“In the few plays that we did get in,” said Pough, “I saw some bright spots. I think we are definitely going to be okay at running back. JoJo (McFadden) looked really good and (Jonathan) Woods ran hard.
“I also thought Cleve (McCoy) did a good job at quarterback,” Pough continued. “He didn’t throw the ball great, but overall did well. I think we are also going to be fine up front (on offensive line).”
McCoy directed the only scoring drive of the day, moving the team 70 yards in seven plays, with McFadden getting the score from seven yards out. Woods started the drive with a 29-yard run.
Prior to the scoring drive, the defense had stopped the offense on seven consecutive drives.
“The defense did a good job” said Pough. “They made it hard for the offense to run the ball. The first team defense was especially impressive.”
Earlier in the day, the Bulldogs held their “Media Day.”
SC State will take a break from practice Sunday, with only meetings scheduled. The team will resume its workout schedule Monday with an 8:30 a.m. practice and a 6:50 p.m. workout.