Following back-to-back intense practices on the turf of Burgess-Snow Field during hot and humid days, the Jacksonville State football team look a step back with a workout session in the morning before a light practice during the afternoon.
(Hear from head coach John Grass in the featured video)
"It's been a really good recovery day for us. The way the schedule has been laid out has been really good," Grass said. "Today was a good teach day, so we got some work done there. Our guys seem a little fresh after having to practice two days in a row on the turf in the humidity.
"I like the way we are progressing, but we still have a lot of work to do."
One position group progressing so far during preseason camp is the wide receivers, which has to replace the school's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards, Josh Barge, and another relied pair of hands in Anthony Johnson.
Numerous players will have an opportunity to fill the two voids opened by the departed duo. Jamari Hester and Krenwick Sanders, two tall, lengthy receivers, are expected to step up with Shaq Davidson, Demontez Terry, Satchel Goodrich, Daniel Byrd and Penny Smith also expected to haul in their fair share of passes during the season.
"Not having Josh (Barge) and Eli (Jenkins) out there hooking up will be a little different, but we have some guys out there who are blue collared and will get the job done," Grass said. "If they stay healthy, I think we have some guys who can be very special. We have a lot of guys out there who can make plays and give us some snaps out there.
"I think the group is going to be very productive, everyone will just have to look at a program and learn some new names."
JSU is prepping for the 2017 season, which opens on Aug. 26 in the Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff in Montgomery's Cramton Bowl. The Gamecocks will face Chattanooga in a 5:30 p.m. game that will be televised on ESPN.
Season tickets for JSU's five-game home schedule, as well as tickets to the opener in Montgomery and the second game of the season at Georgia Tech in Atlanta are available now in the JSU Ticket Office. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (256) 782-8499 or visit www.JSUGamecockSports.com/Tickets.
Fan Day is scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m. in Stephenson Hall. Admission is free, and the entire 2017 team will be on hand to sign posters, which will be provided for free.
(Courtesy: JSU Sports Information: www.jsugamecocksports.com)