The Samford football team practiced for about two hours in shells Thursday afternoon at Seibert Stadium.
The practice was the fourth workout of fall camp for the Bulldogs, and the second in shells. The team will practice in full pads for the first time Friday. Wide receivers coach Trent McKnight said he likes the way the offense has worked so far during camp.
“We’ve been very pleased with the effort and the attitude,” McKnight said. “Guys are hungry, and we have a lot of guys that have to step up, especially on offense. We lost some guys who made some plays for us, but guys have come out here with great attitude and effort. We’ve seen a lot of good things out here so far.”
Samford returns a talented group of wide receivers from last season. McKnight said he likes what he has seen so far, but he is just looking for more consistency out of the group.
“We have a lot of big-play guys, and we’re just seeing who steps up each day,” McKnight said. “We’ve seen some guys step up, early on, and make big plays, and it just goes back to being consistent with what we need them to do on a day-to-day basis. That’s what we are looking for right now.”
The team is gearing up for its first two-a-day session on Saturday. McKnight said he looks forward to having the first day of two practices.
“They’ll finish up exams tomorrow, and we’ll have the first two-a-day on Saturday,” McKnight said. “We told some of the young guys, they haven’t really even started camp yet. This is kind of like spring practice, and they’re getting acclimated right now, and then we’ll get going Saturday, full-speed ahead. That will be fun to get cranked up for two-a-days on Saturday.”
Samford will open the 2014 season on Saturday, Aug. 30, when the Bulldogs play at TCU. The game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start, and the game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net.