NEWBERRY, S.C. - The third day of Newberry College football practice brought about the first practice in pads, helping the coaches learn some more about their team. Intensity and attention were at a high level on both sides of the ball, earning high praise from the coaching staff after Thursday's session.
Head Coach Zak Willis:
"I've got to watch the film to be definitive about today, but initially, I'm happy with today's practice," Willis said. "Today was the first practice in pads and the first two units look very good. Our quarterbacks continue to look better each day and our defense looked really good. The biggest thing we're measuring right now is attitude and pace. We slowed it down a little bit today because of the temperature, but the kids the kids responded well and their attitude is good. Right now, it looks like another good group out there. How good? We'll see, but it looked pretty solid to me."
Defensive Coordinator Todd Knight:
"We weren't bad for our first practice in pads today," Knight said. "There are a couple of small, technical things we need to work on, but that's expected for the first day in pads. I thought our aggressive play today was good and our guys really got after it. I really loved our intensity, but I want to see us maintain that intensity over several days in the heat - then we'll really find out what we've got."
Offensive Coordinator Todd Varn:
"Since it was our first day in pads, you take one step backwards to take two steps forwards," Varn said. "The rhythm was good, the execution was good and we got some younger guys in there. The young defensive guys really stood out. It's good to see how they run around and fly to the ball, because it makes it easier for me to call a game. Young guys that stood out on the offensive side of the ball were John Carnell (QB, Hanahan), Antonio Chandler (WR, Kingstree), Josh James (FB, Wade Hampton), Chase Gamble (OL, Dallas, N.C.) and Ben Hyder (OL, Pickens). Hopefully, we'll find some more young guys that step up."