Furman head coach Clay Hendrix has a pretty simple way to attack spring football, he just wants to get a little better each day. And he’s hoping that philosophy will lift the Paladins from a 6-5 campaign into 2021 to a Southern Conference contender in 2022.
There are several new faces on the Furman roster, two of which have Presbyterian College ties. Former PC head coach Tommy Spangler is now the Paladins assistant secondary coach and special teams coordinator, while Spangler’s former QB is competing to lead the offense. Graduate transfer Tyler Huff is moving up to Greenville after not getting much of an opportunity with the Blue Hose last season. A casualty of Kevin Kelley’s lone season at the helm of the Blue Hose, Huff saw limited action in four games. However with Spangler in charge, Huff led PC to a 4-3 record in the Covid-limited spring season of 2021, when he was the Pioneer Football League’s 2nd-team all-conference selection. He also led the PFL in total offense (278.5-yard average) and was 2nd in passing (244.2).
Coach Hendrix joined SportsTalk shortly after Furman wrapped up spring practice to discuss the progress his team made, Huff’s addition to the program, and what he’s hoping to see this fall. The Paladins have a Thursday night opener to kick off 2022, as they’ll host North Greenville on September 1st at Paladin Stadium.