Blue Hose back to field
Mon, 08/22/2016 - 12:56pm Vic MacDonald
PC football working on improvements during scrimmages; Fan Day is Saturday
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Football Completes Second Stadium Scrimmage
The Presbyterian College football team held its second scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday morning at Bailey Memorial Stadium as prepares for the 2016 season. The Blue Hose are 12 days away from their season opener on September 1.
"I think we are certainly improving," head coach Harold Nichols said. "Comparing where we are today to where we were a week ago, I think we have come leaps and bounds. We are executing better, doing a better job of getting lined up right, playing faster and having a better understanding of what we are doing in our assignments so I think that was much better. Overall, I was very pleased that we came out and really attacked the day."
The Blue Hose worked in the stadium for just shy of two hours on the morning. The coaches ramped up the pace for much of the practice in order to get players used to a fast-paced game environment.
"We kind of got after each other pretty well today," Nichols said. "I think we went right at 100 plays. It gives us a chance to evaluate a lot of kids that I think will factor in for us this year. I'm just really pleased with the kids and the leadership on the team. I'm really looking forward to starting to narrow our focus a little on who and what we are doing."
The team will have nine practices remaining to get prepared to travel north to face Central Michigan. Nichols would like to see better overall execution in those final practices to get things cleaned up for the season opener.
"In openers, mistakes in the kicking game, turnovers and line-of-scrimmage penalties are the things that will kind of sneak up on you," he said. "We need to be able to eliminate those. I don't think we will be able to play a perfect ballgame but we have some room to be able to get there. Those are some of the things that we will be concentrating on moving forward.
"The other thing will be narrowing down who the guys are that will be playing for us. We have some tough decisions to make and today will go a long way in that. From there, we will start to narrow our focus down on game plans for Central Michigan."
PC had Sunday off before returning to the field for practice on today. PC students begin classes on Wednesday as the school year kicks off. The team will hold its annual Fan Appreciation Day this coming Saturday at 11 a.m. at Bailey Memorial Stadium.