The Coastal Carolina football team wasted no time Tuesday morning launching its first two-a-day practice session of the summer, taking the field at 6 a.m., with the players expected to return to practice tonight at 7 p.m.
With no real news to report - coach David Bennett likes what he saw today in reserve running backs sophomore Marcus Whitener and freshman Aaron Jones, and he says the battle for the cornerback spot opposite standout Josh Norman is still up for grabs between senior Tarvorris Jolly, sophomore Tre Henderson and sophomore Dontavious Johnson - The Roost pulled aside senior quarterback Zach MacDowall for a quick Q+A about the first week of practices.
OK, word-association. What do you think about when you think two-a-days?
MacDowall: “Long. Real long days. It’s just something you have to bring your mindset forward to, just get ready to be focused the night before because there’s a lot of teaching, a lot of mental [components]. With the heat, it just drags you down, so that’s something in your mind you have to be ready for.”
Through one week of practices, give me one player who has stood out to you.
MacDowall: “The entire offensive line. I can’t single anyone out. The entire offensive line, they’ve done a great job. We talked about it being inconsistent, up and down last year, and so far they’ve stayed consistent, which has really helped the offense.”
If there is an X-factor on this offense aside from yourself, who do you think that is?
MacDowall: “It’s great to have [senior running back] Eric O’Neal back and healthy. He’s quick on his feet, he’s real elusive and he does a great job with the ball in his hands.” (More to come on O’Neal later in the week)
If there’s one thing that would surprise people about this team, what would you say that is?
MacDowall “We are a team this year. Everyone is the closest I’ve seen them in the three years I’ve been here. Even the freshmen have clicked with the seniors, and everyone’s just together and all on the same page.”
Lastly, your first opponent,
MacDowall: “It’s going to be great for us. The environment, the fans, the players that they have - they’ve got great playmakers everywhere - and just being a top-25 team in the country, it’s a chance to, you know, get us on the map. And it’s a chance for us to set our bar.”
| Ryan Young, firstname.lastname@example.org