Furman capped its second twin practice day of the preseason Monday with red zone and goal line work under the lights of Paladin Stadium.
The Paladins ran approximately 16 plays of 11-on-11 in the red zone and then another 10 plays of goal line work, featuring both first and second team offensive and defensive units.
“The offense looked pretty good, but I expected that given the number of guys we have out right now on defense,” said head coach Bobby Lamb following the two-hour practice. “Our guys fought through the humidity pretty well, but we’ve got to get better and get some bodies back.”
Furman’s defense was minus four projected starters on Monday, including nose tackle Justin Brown (foot), Kyle McKinney (foot), cornerback Jordan Griffin (groin), and rover Max Lerner (concussion). In addition, interior linemen Cody Reynolds (leg), and Pete Sanders (illness) were unavailable, leaving sophomore defensive tackle Bryan Poole to combine with true freshmen Colton Keig and Neal Rodgers for all of the work inside.
Projected starting defensive end Shaun Van Rensburg made his debut on the practice field Monday after recovering from July knee surgery.
“It was good to get Shaun Van Rensburg back. He looked like the fastest guy out there on defense.”
Offensively, Lamb continued to cite the strong play of running back Tersoo Uhaa.
“Tersoo is a ball player who can be a real factor. He has a very impressive running style and also catches it well out of the backfield.”
The evening session also included individual drills, 7-on-7 sessions, and work on the punt team.
Monday morning’s practice involved special teams drills, 7-on-7 sessions, and work on the punt block team. In addition the Paladins implemented their two minute and two minutes defensive schemes and covered situational work.
Freshman linebacker Matt Solomon was mentioned by Lamb as recording an impressive morning practice. He is among maybe a half dozen first year players contending for a spot on the travel squad this fall.