Aug. 15, 2011
CONWAY - After a day off Sunday, the Coastal Carolina football team opened its third week of camp with a pair of workouts Monday, once in the morning and once in the evening.
Also on Monday, The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Preseason poll was released. Defending national champion Eastern Washington tops the poll with Big South foe Liberty coming in at 22nd. Making the "others receiving votes" group was Stony Brook at 34th with 163 points, Coastal Carolina at 47th with 25 points and Furman in a tie for 57th with 10 points. Coastal's opponent on Sept. 17, the Georgia Bulldogs, are ranked 22nd in the USA Today FBS Coaches preseason poll.
On Monday, Coastal went in full gear during the morning and just "uppers" (helmets and shoulder pads) at night. The camp trend continued with the defense playing well in the morning, working on the running game, and the offense responding during the night practice.
The offense came away with two plays that really stood out. One, Aramis Hillary hit Adrian Sullivan in stride down the left sideline, despite tight coverage from Chris Carter. Later, running back Jeremy Height hit a seem up the middle for a big gain. The defense did make some plays in the 7-on-7 drills, including two interceptions by Josh Norman and one each from Tyler McCarthy and Andrae Jacobs.
"I thought there was good energy tonight," said head coach David Bennett. "I do like there is competition. It is good to compete against one another while realizing they are one team and they have to keep pushing each other to make each other better. We are not getting ready to play each other. WE are getting ready to play a Furman program that is rich in history and you must have ultimate respect for.
"The rain and humidity Saturday showed us one thing for sure. We are not in the shape we need to be. You cannot simulate playing the in the heat and humidity, wearing full pads, in summer conditioning."