Birmingham-Southern has just begun fall camp. The Panthers practiced for only the fourth time Monday with their second day in shells. Per NCAA Division-III rules, they'll put on the full pads Tuesday.
Head coach Eddie Garfinkle preaches intensity during BSC's practice. There are plenty of ears to hear every word. The Panthers boast the largest team in school history with 138 players on the roster.
"We've grown every year. We feel like it's our most talented group," Garfinkle said. "We lost some good experience, but feel like we continue to upgrade on our recruiting efforts.
"We feel good about the guys that are here right now, that work hard and have a good attitude, we should have a chance."
Experience was lost with the graduation of starting quarterback Jimmy Stainback. Competing for the job is senior Tyson Beacham (Athens, Ga.) and junior Dylan Skipper (Cullman, Ala.).
"It's a big decision for us and a big factor as far as our success this year is how well our quarterback comes around," Garfinkle said. "They understand the situation, they work well, battle it out. Both want to play. It's been healthy [competition]."
Things are moving quickly with the season opener only three weeks away at LaGrange.
"We have a two week camp and we're working on ourselves," Garfinkle said. "Then we'll get a head start on LaGrange.
"Maybe two extra days of preparation so we'll have our last scrimmage in a couple weeks, then Saturday morning the week before LaGrange we'll put in the game plan for them."
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