Monday, August 4, 2014
Charleston Southern held its first practice in preparation for the 2014 season on Saturday afternoon.
The Bucs worked out in shorts and helmets for almost two hours in muggy and wet conditions after heavy rains moved through the Charleston-area over the last 48 hours.
CSU, under second-year head coach Jamey Chadwell, is coming off a program-record 10-win season in 2013. After starting fresh last fall, Chadwell is eager to see how mentally prepared his team is to practice and execute entering his second season.
“I like to see how much retention our team has coming back from the time we spent in the meeting rooms with some of the new rules this summer,” Chadwell said. “Hopefully that allows us to be ahead of the game a little bit, at least mentally. And then two, you want to see who’s in shape and make sure the summer program’s done its job.”
CSU returns 20 starters from the home stretch of the 2013 season, and Chadwell and his staff’s familiarity with the roster should help matters in their second fall camp.
“I think it’s easier there because our guys know what we want and how practice should be run,” Chadwell said. “It gives you a comfort level because you know what guys can do and what they’re capable of. Even more importantly, I feel like guys are more comfortable with us. They have the experience and they know coach specifically wants this or that so it’s a positive in both ways.”
The Bucs won’t put on full pads until their first full-contact practice this Wednesday at 3 p.m.
The Bucs’ opener against Point University on Aug. 28 is the first of four straight home games to open the season under the new lights at Buccaneer Field.
CSU was picked to finish third in the Big South Preseason Poll at last week’s conference media day, behind Coastal Carolina and Liberty. A quarter of Buccaneer seniors – Christian Reyes, Clayton Truitt, Dylan Black and Demaris Freeman – were tabbed to the Big South’s Preseason All-Conference Team and will be relied on to lead a team that climbed as high as No. 12 in the national rankings with a 10-1 start in 2013.