The Citadel Football returned to the field as they kicked off fall camp with the first official practice at the Maybank Triplets Practice Facility at Willson Field on Friday at 8 a.m. Bulldog fans came out to get an early look at a season that is expected to see much change with the introduction of the triple option as well as seven new coaches.
The squad, led by sixth-year head coach Kevin Higgins, returns 39 lettermen, including 15 starters, and 20 freshmen. The leaders on the field consist of one junior and three fifthyear athletes who will serve as the 2010 team captains.
“It was a good first day of practice. It was nice looking over to the sideline and seeing no injured players,” said Higgins. “Our guys are healthy, they had a great summer of work and I thought they looked as well conditioned as they’ve ever had after day number one of practice. “We want to work on our punt protection. We made some changes with that,” Higgins added. “I thought that our punter Cass Couey and his backup Alexander Wall did a really nice job just executing fundamentals and techniques. They did a nice job this summer which was very good to see and that carried over to the first practice.”
Higgins said he was happy with the ability of the young guys to pick things up. He thought they knew what they were doing. Though it was not as clean as he would have liked, he remained impressed.
In regards to the quarterback situation, Higgins said, “Sam Martin did a really good job for his first day. We have to continue to evaluate him hard. All four of the young freshman did a nice job in terms understanding of what to do. We’ll hold our evaluation until we get the pads on and have them get hit and have to function and do all the things that a quarterback needs to do.”
Friday’s practice welcomed warm morning temperatures in the upper 80s with dry conditions. No injuries were reported for the two-and-a-half-hour workout.
The Citadel will return to the practice field on Saturday morning at 8 a.m., will break for Media Day on Sunday at 1 p .m. and return to action Monday morning. The Bulldogs’ season-opener will take place at home on Saturday, Sept. 4 against Chowan at Johnson Hagood Stadium.