Furman wrapped up its first day of two-a-day practices Friday with an evening session under the lights of Paladin Stadium.”Our first night practice elevated the enthusiam a bit, and I was pleased with what I saw,” said head coach Bobby Lamb. “We’ve got a long way to go, but today was productive in many respects. The challenge will be how we come back out tomorrow.”
The two-hour evening session opened with work on the field goal and field goal block teams followed by a 7-on-7session and punt and punt block squads.
“Chas Short kicked the ball well and also punted well,” added Lamb. “He’s really improved.”
The Paladins concluded with a 40-play 11-on-11 scrimmage that featured some solid play on both sides of the football.
“I thought the defense looked pretty good. Nathan Wade and Matthew Gordon had a couple of big hits, and Dustin Gourdin had an interception. I also can’t say enough our three freshmen defensive ends, Ricky Lang, Rashaun Phillips, and Josh Lynn. Those guys have gotten all the reps since the start of camp. I don’t ever remember that happening here.”
Furman’s two projected starting defensive ends, seniors Shaun Van Rensburg and Kyle McKinney have yet to practice due to injury.
The session was capped off by an 11-yard touchdown pass from Chris Forcier to R.J. Webb. The scoring strike was set up by Forcier’s 15-yard sprint around left end.
Friday morning’s practice included goal line offensive and defensive work, 7-on-7 drills, and a special teams circuit drill. It wrapped up with an 11-on-11, down and distance session that included a 50-yard touchdown strike from Forcier to Webb.
The Paladins will scrimmage for 50-55 plays in Saturday’s practice, scheduled to get underway at 2:30 p.m. on the practice fields before moving into Paladin Stadium.