SCSU Players to Report Aug. 4; First Practice Set for Aug. 5

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Orangeburg, SC – South Carolina State will begin preparing for an historic 2007 football season Saturday, Aug. 4, when players report to the campus for orientation and physicals.

This season, the Bulldogs will celebrate their Centennial in football and also play two Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Div. I-A) teams for the first time in school history.

SC State, beginning its sixth year under Coach Oliver “Buddy” Pough, will conduct its first practice Sunday, Aug. 5 -- in shorts and helmets -- beginning at 3:50 p.m. Single workouts will also be held Monday through Thursday at 3:10 p.m., with Thursday’s practice being the first in full gear.

Two-a-day workouts are set to start Friday, Aug. 10. The morning practice will start at 8:30 and the evening drill at 7:10.

SCSU will hold its annual “Press and Picture Day on Saturday, Aug. 11, beginning at 9 a.m. at Oliver C. Dawson Bulldog Stadium, then conduct its first scrimmage at 2:00 p.m. The first week of preseason drills will conclude Sunday, Aug. 12, with a practice in shorts and helmets at 3:40 p.m.

The Bulldogs open the 2007 season Sept. 1 when Pough’s team travels to Colorado Springs, Colorado to take on the Air Force Academy in a 2 p.m. (EST) contest at Falcon Stadium. The contest, the first of three consecutive road games for Pough’s team, will mark the first time SC State will have played a major university in football.

Following that contest, the Bulldogs travel to Daytona Beach Sept. 8 to face Bethune-Cookman in their Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener, and culminate their three-game road swing Sept. 15 against intrastate rival South Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia. The Gamecocks will be the second Div. I-A school on the 2007 slate.

Pough’s team opens it home schedule Sept. 22 against Winston-Salem State in a 6 p.m. contest, then have an open date Sept. 29 before traveling to Norfolk State Oct. 6 for a 2 p.m. contest.

Bulldog Preseason Schedule*
Saturday Aug. 4 Players report

Orientation, physicals

Sunday Aug. 5 First practice – 3:50 p.m. (shorts & helmets)

Thursday Aug. 9 First practice in pads – 3:30 p.m.

Friday Aug. 10 Two-a-day practices begin – 8:30 a.m./7:10 p.m.

Saturday Aug. 11 Press and Picture Day – 9 a.m. (O.C. Dawson Stadium)

Scrimmage #1 – 2:00 p.m.

Saturday Aug. 18 “Meet the Players Day” – 9:30 a.m. (O.C. Dawson Stadium)

Scrimmage #2 – 2:00 p.m.

Monday Aug. 20 Two-a-day practices end

Wednesday Aug. 22 Classes begin

* In-season practice schedule begins Thursday, Aug. 23 (time varies; consult Sports Information)