Football Transitions From Pre-Season to In-Season
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina football team held its 20th practice in preparation for the 2017 season Tuesday morning.
However, today's practice was a bit different from the previous 19.
The Chanticleers had Monday (Sept. 21) off as Coastal Carolina University began classes and today started the routine that will carry the team through its first season as members of the Sun Belt Conference and the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
More importantly, the team started to shift its focus to its season and home opener on Sept. 2 versus UMass (7:00 pm kickoff). While Coastal is just 9-5 in season openers, CCU has won each of its last six lid lifters.
The Chanticleers are an impressive 11-3 when playing their home opener and are riding a five-game win streak in such contests. However, the UMass game will mark just the fifth time in program history Coastal has played at home for its season opener, going 3-1 in such games.
Senior Defensive Lineman Dwayne Price:
"I think camp went well. We have a lot of young, inexperienced guys that we have to get ready for the season. I think the team responded well to some adversity at times, but we just had to have the mindset of adapting, adjusting and giving it 100 percent each day."
"I am excited to see some of your young receivers. They have made a lot of plays and really stepped up. I am also excited about my guys on the d-line. The young guys were completely clueless on the first day but they really got into the playbook and come a long way. I think the defensive line will be a place of strength for us."
"The goal for the next two weeks is attack, attack, attack. We now have classes and a lot of other things going on outside of football. We have been preparing all year for this and nothing will derail us towards our mission as we make this move up in competition and conference."
"Of course we will be amped for this opener. A few of us from the northeast will be especially pumped for this game in particular. I can't explain how important it will be to see Brooks Stadium packed. We have packed the place a few times in my tenure. Those games were special and really gave us an edge. Now that we are expanding the stadium, I can only imagine what it will be like with even more teal in the stands. To see this place packed to the rim will be phenomenal."
Senior Offensive Lineman Rodney Mitchell:
"I thought we had a pretty good camp and we had a real strong finish. We ran the ball well and we have some major talent among the wide receivers this year."
"I was excited to see our quarterbacks compete during camp. We came into camp with nine quarterbacks and, right now, it is hard to decide who will be our starter because they competed so well."
"From an offensive lineman prospective, I think the defense is going to have a great season. I think they will surprise a lot of teams this season. One thing I know for sure is Shane Johnson will have a great year."
"The mindset now that camp is over is making everything crisp and sharp. We have a game in two weeks so we have to keep pushing ourselves. That first game is going to be crazy. I fully expect to see all of Coastal out there supporting us. We will be ready to put on a show for this school."