JSU Improves In Second Fall Camp Practice

The Jacksonville State football team used Thursday morning to hold its second practice of fall camp and head coach John Grass thought his team got better over the 12 hours between the Gamecocks' first two workouts.

JSU used a two-hour practice on its practice fields to continue fall camp after practicing for the first time Wednesday afternoon. Grass expected to see improvement and wasn't disappointed, but emphasized the importance of fine-tuning conditioning as camp starts.

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"I thought it was a good second day and we definitely improved from yesterday," he mentioned. "You're always going to see improvement daily. Fatigue hasn't set in yet, so you have to get these guys conditioned to practice, which conditions them for the games. There's nothing like game-type reps to do that. We try to practice pretty fast and try to practice as full-speed as we can."

That pace allows the Gamecocks to get a lot done in their practice time, and Grass and his staff will be able to add a little more to the plate on Friday, when they put on shells for the first time. He said it won't change a lot, but it will offer some added protection.

"We're not a big 'to the ground' team, but when you are able to put shoulder pads on, it's more of a protective thing than anything," he said. "As these guys bang around inside it protects those shoulders, so they will be glad to get the pads on. We will go a couple of days in shells and then get in full pads."

Protection from contact and from the elements is something Grass and his staff are focused on going forward into the first weekend of camp. The heat presented some challenges on Thursday morning, but it will also help prepare JSU for when the ball kicks off Aug. 29 in Hammond, La., against Southeastern Louisiana.

"I think we have a long way to go," Grass said after practice. "We had a couple of cramps today, so we have to do a better job of hydrating ourselves and get the guys acclimated to the weather. We know in fall camp it's going to be as hot as its been all summer, but that's good for us. We have to play in the heat early, so we will have to adapt and move on."

The Gamecocks will work in shells on Friday and Saturday before putting on full pads Sunday morning.

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