Football Dons Full Pads For First Time This Spring


Lorenzo Taliaferro breaks a long run

March 26, 2013

CONWAY - After inclement weather cancelled practice on Saturday, Coastal Carolina football finally held its first practice in full pads of the spring on Tuesday evening.

The practice, which was the fourth of 15 for the Chanticleers, may have featured full pads for the first time, but full contact drills weren't on the agenda. The session opened as the three previous had with warm-ups followed by two five-minute segments focused on special teams. After time spent devoted to individual position work the team came together for one of two offense vs. defense team segments.

The defense had the definitive upper hand throughout the first team segment, forcing numerous stops at the line of scrimmage and holding the receivers to minimal gains after receptions. Lorenzo Taliaferro did provide a bright spot for the offensive unit, breaking through a seam at the line of scrimmage and scampering for a long gain down the middle of the field.

The team spent 10 minutes in their respective units working on line calls and adjustment before concluding the practice with a final 10-minute team session. The defense once again flexed its collective muscle and held the offense to minimal gains, while forcing a turnover on a fumble.

Additionally, the team announced its leadership Council for the 2013 season. Comprising this year's council are Quinn Backus (Jr., LB), Colton Blackburn (So., LB), Jamey Cheatwood (Sr., OL), Cody Craig (Jr., TE), Chad Hamilton (Jr., OL), De'Angelo Henderson (RFr., RB), Johnnie Houston (Sr., S), Brett Johnson (Jr., LB), Niccolo Mastromatteo (Sr., WR), Mike McClure (Sr., LB), Aaron McFarland (So., DE), Alex Ross (So., QB), Jeffery Salley (Sr., DT), Richie Sampson (So, S) and Pernell Williams (Jr. DB). The council is charged with leading the team and serves as the team's voice to the coaching staff.

The Rest of the Week
Coastal Carolina will practice on Wednesday and Thursday before hosting its first scrimmage on Saturday. Both practices and the scrimmage are closed to the general public.



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