If you could script a perfect day to begin fall football practice on the coast of South Carolina, Wednesday was it. With low humidity and temperatures in the mid-80s, Coastal Carolina began the month-long countdown to the start of the 2023 season. And as head coach Tim Beck pointed out, the weather wasn’t the only novelty.
“Everything that this staff and support staff goes through is for the first time,” Beck pointed out to the media following Wednesday morning’s workout. “This was our first fall camp ever, together, all together. It’s our first fall camp with our players. So, there’s a certain level of anxiety with the guys trying to figure everything out for the first time. But today it ran really well; I was impressed.”
Beck and his new staff put the Chanticleers through their paces for just over two hours at the practice facility adjacent to Brooks Stadium in Conway. And if anyone wondered, the first-year head coach made it abundantly clear that protecting QB Grayson McCall is priority number one.
“He’s definitely the key to Coastal, let’s just call it what it is,” Beck said of his returning starter. “His leadership, his playmaking ability. We’ve just got to be smart in how we use him, and we what do and what we call. He’s had a great offseason; he’s put on twenty pounds. He feels really good and has had an injury-free offseason.”
The Chanticleers kick off the “Tim Beck Era” on September 2nd at UCLA.