BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Samford football team opened its final week of spring practice with a two-hour workout in full pads Monday afternoon at Seibert Stadium.
The Bulldogs have gone through 13 of their 15 allotted practices for the spring. Samford head coach Pat Sullivan said he liked the way his team started its last week of spring workouts.
“We challenged them to finish spring on a great note with enthusiasm,” Sullivan said. “I think their enthusiasm’s been good. I thought the overall effort and the concentration has really been good, and you want to see that carried out through the end of spring where they have a good enthusiastic and positive frame of mind for summer conditioning.”
The Bulldogs will wrap up spring practice with workouts on Thursday and Friday. Sullivan said his team will turn its attention to its opponents for these final two practices
“This is the last day we’re going against each other’s schemes,” Sullivan said. “Now we’ll start going over some of our opponents’ schemes for the last two days.”
The team held its final scrimmage of the spring on Saturday. Sullivan said, after looking at the film from the scrimmage, he liked what he saw from his team.
“I thought there was a lot of great effort,” Sullivan said. “I thought there were plays on both sides of the ball. Offensively, we made some plays, and defensively, when they got down into the red zone, we stopped them.
“I thought that our two young quarterbacks (Ben Neill and Carson Barnett) probably had their most consistent day from a mental standpoint, as well as physically,” Sullivan said. “Also, we were able to play a lot of people, which is what you want to do, to get some young guys some reps. You know what the veterans can do, but it was good to see guys like Manny (Emmanuel) Obajimi make some plays, so we were excited about that.”
The Bulldogs will practice in shorts and helmets on Thursday at 4 p.m., and the team will conclude spring practice with a full-pad workout Friday at 4 p.m. at Seibert Stadium.