CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College football team held its annual Fan Appreciation Day on a humid Saturday morning at Bailey Memorial Stadium, before holding its final practice of the week. The team welcomed a large crowd of fans, friends and family to the stadium, signing autographs and taking pictures for just over an hour prior to hitting the field for practice.
The Blue Hose took to the field around midday to cap off the second full week of practice, having worked 14 of the last 15 days in some capacity. The team worked through individual drills and special teams early on before moving in to some 11-on-11 action later in the practice for the fans on hand. The team concluded practice with a series of late game situations, which has been an emphasis over the past few days.
“I don’t set out thinking that we need to be at a certain point at a certain time, but the main thing is that all of the variables are there,” said head coach Tommy Spangler. “I was pleased with how we were in to it and focused. The overall consistency of execution on both sides needs to be better but I thought the offense did some good things and the defense did some good things so I took that as a good sign. I just want to see these kids continue to have a good attitude, work hard, stay focused and starting correcting some mistakes with their development.
“If we expect to win some games, the late-and-close type situations have to been an emphasis. I think we are the kind of team that if we are going to win has to be good in the fourth quarter. Part of that is conditioning so we work on it late in practice. We work on all different scenarios because it is either going to be us needing a drive late to win or get a stop on four downs or a takeaway on defense to win. It’s certainly a good thing to practice and we will keep on doing it.”
PC is 19 days away from the opening the 2017 season at Wake Forest on August 31. The Blue Hose are still working to put things together and become more consistent as they have come to the halfway point of fall camp.
“I’ve talked to the team about where do we want to take this thing?” said Spangler. “Where do WE want to be? To me, football is the greatest team sport that there ever was. Ultimately, where do you, as a player, want to go? As a player, I have to take care of me and become a more consistent, steady player. And if I do that, then the WE has a chance.”
The team will take Sunday off before returning to practice on Monday for the third week of action.