CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College football team held its eighth practice of preseason camp on a hot Saturday morning in Bailey Memorial Stadium. The team worked through practice with added 11-on-11 work and some scrimmage-type sessions with referees on hand.
“We are still working on fundamentals and collectively trying to put it together 11-on-11,” head coach Tommy Spangler said after practice. “I’m not going to get too up or too down. I think the guys’ attitude and want to are there though.
“What you hope for is that if the offense does well it’s because the execution is good and not that the defense did something bad or vice versa. And that’s why the mental aspect and execution are so important. Ultimately, what you are looking for is to have both sides executing at a high level.”
It was the eighth practice in nine days to open the preseason practice slate, on one of the hottest days since practice began. The team worked for about three hours in the stadium with much of the latter part of practice focused on 11-on-11.
“This was probably hottest days we’ve had and it got on them a little bit,” Spangler said. “This was day eight of camp so physically it shows a little bit and we didn’t look quite as sharp. The main thing is if we will just keep pushing and working hard we will give ourselves a chance.”
Following the first full week of practice, Spangler has been pleased with a number of things that he has seen from his team.
“I think overall the way we compete with one another has been the most pleasing thing, “said Spangler. “The way we have worked overall and the attitudes have been good. This is a hectic schedule we are on with meetings, meals, treatment and practice. Overall I’ve been pleased with the process and how our guys have tried to do right and build on that. We’ve made some mistakes and we are going to clean it up but I’ve been pleased with the attitudes.”
Going forward in to the second full of week of camp, PC’s head coach hopes to see execution start to get better as the team moves to the meat of preseason practice.
“We’ve got start getting better in the 11-on-11 with cleanness and execution, “he said. “And have to get in the mindset of getting ready to play a football season. Now it’s still a little early but with everything that we do it needs to be ‘Is that good enough on a Saturday?’ Is that execution, is that toughness, is that is discipline going to be good enough to win a football game on Saturday? That’s really what I am looking for. We are close and we’re getting there but we just need to tighten some things up first.”
The Blue Hose will practice in the mornings from here on out, in an effort to draw more favorable weather conditions and temperatures. The opening kickoff at Wake Forest is now 26 days away.