STATESBORO, Ga. - The Georgia Southern Football team continued practice with its first morning session and added full pads for the first time in fall camp. The addition of the full pads allowed the Eagles to go full speed and play through the whistle.
Head Football Coach Jeff Monken commented on the differences between shells and full pads on an interview with Eagle Vision. "It allows for the players to play and sustain blocks. We are blowing the whistle so fast when we are in shells and shorts that it is hard for them to finish plays. That is difficult for our guys because they want to finish it off."
The Eagles completed the NCAA acclimation process of two days of helmets and shells before wearing full pads for today's 9:45 a.m. practice. The addition of the knee pads to the shells outfit allowed for full contact and longer plays before the whistle was blown.
The coaching staff continued installing the offense including a number of pass and run sets. Coach Monken also stressed that the team still had plenty to work on. "A lot of guys are still missing assignments particularly our young guys. We have got a long way to go, but we have some time before we play our first game."
The practice ended with full team offense vs defense for three periods. The team will have position meetings along with weight lifting sessions following lunch. After dinner the team will meet again to prepare for the first two-a-day practice on Tuesday.
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Practice Schedule for 2011 Georgia Southern Preseason Camp
August 9, 2011 - 9:00 a.m. / 4:33 p.m.
August 10, 2011 - no practice
August 11, 2011 - 9:00 a.m. / 4:33 p.m.
August 12, 2011 - 9:45 a.m.
August 13, 2011 - 9:45 a.m.
August 14, 2011 - 3:45 p.m.
August 15, 2011 - 9:00 a.m. / 4:33 p.m.
August 16, 2011 - no practice
August 17, 2011 - 9:00 a.m. / 4:33 p.m.
August 18, 2011- 2:45 p.m.
August 19, 2011 - 2:45 p.m.
August 20, 2011 - 10:05 a.m. (at Paulson)
4-5:30 p.m. Meet the Eagles event (at Paulson Stadium)
August 21, 2011 -- 2:45 p.m.
August 22, 2011 -- First day of classes, no practice