Spring Practice Report #13
Thursday’s practice helped build up the excitement heading into a busy weekend of activities, from the Eagles’ baseball weekend series against Appalachian State to Saturday afternoon’s kickoff.
The morning practice session also marked the last time
“I thought defensively we had some big hits, offensively we made some good plays. We’re still feeling our guys out. I thought we had a good day and its time to kind of wind the spring down for the players,” said Hatcher. “The coaches, we like to practice everyday. But from a player standpoint, it’s pretty much time to wind it all down.”
The second year head coach said they scripted about 60 plays for a scrimmage at the end of practice.
Some of the defensive highlights included: eight tackles for a loss, two team sacks, a sack from Jonathan Loving (Fayetteville/Fayette County), Harland Bower (
The offense also came up with big plays as well. Tim Camp (Harlem/Air Force Prep) took a reverse and ran for 40-plus yards from scrimmage... Craig Norman (Lincolnton/Lincoln County) also rattled off a 20-plus run as did Kyle Collins (Atlanta/Lovett)... Ricky Ponton (
“Today, for all intents and purposes, we kind of concluded the spring drills, in our minds, as far as making depth chart decisions headed into camp. Tomorrow we’ll come out and we’ll work on some little things, just to get better fundamentally, and then we’ll start making sure we’re organized for the spring game. The Blue-White game will be vanilla on both sides of the ball. We want to go out there and let those guys have a good time, hopefully in front of a nice crowd,” said Hatcher.
HATCHER ANNOUNCES STARTING QUARTERBACK: As head coach Chris Hatcher stated about making decisions on the depth chart, one of those he announced following practice on Thursday. During his post-practice press conference, Hatcher said Lee Chapple will enter fall camp as the number one starter.
“We’ve named Lee Chapple as the starter coming out of the spring, and Kyle Collins will be number two. It had been a real tight battle all the way through the spring practice, but going into camp that will be the way it goes. Billy Lowe is on the injured list; so we don’t know where he’s going to fit in there,” said Hatcher. “But of course come camp, everybody will be battling for their positions and we’ve got some new guys coming in. But if we had to play right now, Chapple would be the quarterback going into the game versus the
EAGLES WILL BE ON THE AIR: The entire Blue-White game (in addition to the
BUSY WEEKEND ON TAP: It will be a busy weekend of baseball and football this weekend at Georgia Southern University. The baseball Eagles will play host to Appalachian State for a three-game series, also tied in with the football’s team annual Blue-White game... Friday night’s first pitch against
RETURNING ALL-AMERICA HIGHLIGHTS KICKING CORPS: Senior Jesse Hartley (
Senior Patrick Bolen (Guyton/South Effingham) is a four-year member of the program who has also seen game-time playing experience. Last year Bolen was used in kickoff duties late in the year, accounting for two touchbacks including one he put through the uprights at
All-Southern Conference punter Daniel Jordan finished his eligibility last year, ending a stellar career in which he averaged more than 40 yards per punt. That will be the biggest hole to fill on special teams. Hartley and Mayo have experience punting. Charlie Edwards (Tifton/Tift County), who put up some impressive numbers during his prep career, joined the team in January after redshirting at UAB last fall.
SPRING PRACTICE SCHEDULE
(dates/times subject to change... all times at 8 a.m. unless otherwise noted)
Friday, April 11 (shorts)
Saturday, April 12: Blue-White game presented by the Georgia Neighborhood Ford Dealers (1 p.m.)
- Category: Football
- Published on Thursday, 10 April 2008 00:16