John Grass was pleased with Saturday's second scrimmage of the spring, one that saw the Gamecocks run just under 100 plays and get work in every phase of the game.
"It was good," Grass said. "It was a beautiful day and we had a lot of energy on the field. We saw a lot of good things and saw a lot of things we need to clean up before next week's J-Day Game. We are progressing. We're getting better every day. I've seen a lot of improvement from the first scrimmage. It was really good."
That first scrimmage was three weeks ago, giving plenty of time for improvement and preparations. The results of Saturday morning's practice will be evaluated to see what changes need to be made for the annual spring J-Day Game, which is just one week away.
Grass has been evaluating and trying to build depth on his 2015 roster all spring, and Saturday gave him an even better look at where his team might be as the spring winds down.
"We got 98 snaps in, so we get to go back and watch this film and evaluate our guys and really evaluate where a player is and where they can help us right now on the field and if we are comfortable putting them in a game or not.," he added. "They can also evaluate themselves as players and see what they need to get better at and what they are doing well. That's what spring is all about."
Along with the offense and defense, Grass also got a big look at his special teams units. He walked away pleased with not only the quality of work, but how much the Gamecocks were able to get at this point in the spring.
"To be able to come out here in the second scrimmage of the spring and do a full kicking scrimmage is really big," he said. "We devote a lot of time to our special teams, and it was good to be able to come out here and do that."
Grass has been pleased with the progression of the spring, even with several key returnees from 2014 sidelined while recovering from injuries and postseason surgeries. That has opened the door for more players, ones fighting for a spot on that depth chart.
"It's let some twos run with the ones and some B's run with our twos and it's been really good to see if those guys are ready to play," Grass added. "Some of those guys we have out, we know they can play already, so when we get all of those guys healthy we will be alright this summer."
J-Day will take place on April 11 at 5 p.m. at Burgess-Snow Field. Admission is free and it is open to the public.
Courtesy: JSU Sports Information