Aug. 9, 2012
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina football team took to the practice field Thursday wearing helmets, shorts and shoulder pads, but the light gear did not mean it was a light practice.
In addition to practices, here are a few dates of interest for the fans:
Aug. 20 - First day of classes at Coastal Carolina University
Aug. 25 - Fan Photo Day from 4:30-6:30 pm at Brooks Stadium (Admission is Free). Aug. 25 - Ladies Night from 6-8 pm at Adkins Field House. While the event will begin at 6 pm, registration and social begins at 5:30 pm. For more information or to register contact Melinda Hyman at 843-349-3428.
Aug. 27 - First "Chanticleer Call-In" with head coach Joe Moglia and Matt Hogue. The show will be each Monday from 6-7 at Buffalo Wild Wings at Carolina Forest. Fans are encouraged to come to the restaurant and interact with Coach Moglia.
With eight practices in the books, Coastal only has 21 more practice sessions before it opens the 2012 season under first year head coach Joe Moglia on Sept. 1 versus North Carolina A&T. Kickoff at Brooks Stadium for that contest, as well as the Sept. 15 game versus Eastern Kentucky, is set for 6 pm.
With each practice, the offensive and defensive units are pairing up more and more in scrimmage situations as each side implements its playbook. Competition is high for nearly all the positions on the field and each practice sees different players stepping up and working their way into the rotations.
One spot that was a question mark heading into the season, losing All-American and current Carolina Panther Josh Norman as well as Academic All-America and current New York Jet Marcus Lott, is defensive back. However, returnees Dontavais Johnson, Tre Henderson, Philip George, Denzel Rice and Johnnie Houston are being pushed by the likes of LaDarius Hawthorne, Marcellus Hunter, Pernell Williams and Tyler McCarthy to name a few.
From day one, the defensive backs earned the accolades of head coach Joe Moglia when he singled the group out after the first practice for "coming to work in a national championship manner."
"I have really been pleased with the improvement we have seen on our side of the ball since the spring," said defensive coordinator Clayton Carlin. "We are making some things happen and playing solid as a group. I like where we are at and hopefully we will continue on our path to where we need to be."
Today's practice ended on a positive note for the defense when Henderson intercepted a pass and had nothing but green grass ahead of him.
Coastal will practice once Friday and, since numerous student-athletes have been involved in summer classes this August, have its first two-a-day session on Saturday.