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Birmingham-Southern Opens Spring Practice

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BIRMINGHAM, AL -- The Birmingham-Southern football team opened spring practice Monday.  The Panthers will go through 16 spring workouts, concluding with the annual BSC Football Family Day on April 27.

As far as these spring practices go, they're much different than Division I for an obvious reason.

"Cannot have any pads or helmets," head coach Eddie Garfinkle said.  "I call it running around in our underwear.  We do get a lot done. We work on agility and running through our plays.  Still have film sessions, meetings,  do get a lot out not as much as like since we're not in pads."

BSC is coming off a Southern Athletic Association (SAA) title, while finishing (7-3) last season.

This season looks to be a re-building year with a really young football team.

BSC lost eight starters on defense and six more on offense.  Key losses on defense are  Andrew Shannon (DB), Nick Gordon (LB), Corey Corcoran (DL), and Zack Lambert (DL).  On offense Shawn Morris (TB), Jimmy Stainback (QB), Aaron Sherrill (WR), and Drew Reece (OL).

Senior Moultrie looks to replace Morris at running back, and at QB, senior Beacham looks to step in for Stainback.

Head coach Eddie Garfinkle said that he's looking for talented underclassmen, who have less experience, to step up.

Garfinkle added that the key in D-III is recruitment and retention (since D-III does not give athletic scholarships a lot of guys quit playing for a wide variety of reasons).

BSC will bring about 50 new players and they're hoping out of the 85 in spring practice, 75 will return which is about normal in D-III football.

Birmingham-Southern opens the season on Sept. 7 at LaGrange.

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