Samford gets back to work in shells and shorts

Birmingham News

BIRMINGHAM,AL.(WIAT)-The Samford football team continued fall practice with a two-hour workout in shorts and helmets Sunday afternoon at Seibert Stadium. The practice was the second workout of fall camp for the Bulldogs.

Sunday’s practice was the second of the NCAA-required two workouts in shorts and helmets. The team will practice in shells for the first time on Monday.

“With the first two days in helmets, you can only do so much,” Samford Co-Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach Travis Trickett said. “We work on communication, making sure everybody knows what to do and how to do it, working on fundamentals as much as we can. Tomorrow we’ll be able to tell a lot more.”

The 2013 team features an experienced offense. Trickett said he has liked the work ethic his group has shown so far.

“One thing about our guys is they expect to be successful because of the way they work,” Trickett said. “We have a great group of guys. I wouldn’t trade these guys for anybody in the world. We’ve been very pleased, you can tell these guys have done a lot in the offseason, and it’s paying off so far in practice.”

With the team practicing in shells for the first time on Monday, Trickett said the main thing the coaches will be looking for is a physical practice from their players.

“We just look to be physical, that’s what football is all about,” Trickett said. “We want to make sure we establish a physical identity and reputation. If they miss on an assignment, we’ll correct them, but as long as they are going full speed, we’ll be alright.”

Monday’s practice is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. at Seibert Stadium. The team’s first day in full pads will be Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 4:20 p.m.

Samford opens the 2013 season on Friday, Aug. 30, when the Bulldogs travel to Atlanta to take on Georgia State in the Georgia Dome. The game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. (CT) start.

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