Aug. 8, 2011
CONWAY - Time is passing by quickly and, even though Coastal Carolina had just its fourth practice of the 2011 preseason, there are just 25 days left until the Chanticleers host Furman. (Kickoff is set for 6 pm on Sept. 3 for the season opener.)
The team had its second day of practice in "shells," which has the squad in helmets and shoulder pads. While the intensity was ramped up a little, adding more hitting, the true "fun" begins Tuesday when the Chants practice in full gear.
"I cannot wait to put on all the pads," said sophomore running back Aaron Jones. "That is when the fun starts. I will feel like we are really practicing tomorrow."
While the offense had a little advantage on the defense on Sunday night, the defense turned the tables Monday evening and won most its battles versus the offense.
"It is always hard when you are practicing against each other, knowing if one side is better or if one side is just having a bad night," said head coach David Bennett. "One thing we have to keep doing is making ourselves better by competing. I know the offense made plays Sunday and heard Marcus Lott tell the offense `Good job, but we will get you tomorrow.' Well, that is what makes Marcus such a great leader. First, by complementing the offense he showed his maturity and team-first attitude, then by rallying his troops the defense did not get beat today."
One of the better plays of the night came when Derrick Frasier tipped a pass and then came down with the interception.
"I thought we came out with great enthusiasm and executed early," said defensive tackles coach Jamel Smith. "We did lose our focus late in the session, but I was pleased our guys recognized their mistakes and even more proud that they owned up to them. They made no excuses."
In addition to wearing full gear on Tuesday, the squad will have its first two-a-day session on Wednesday.