Chants test drive Teal Turf on opening day of practice

ccufoot-mogliasmallWith a threat of rain, Coastal Carolina football team took advantage of its brand new Teal Turf field on Benton Field at Brooks Stadium to have its first official practice of the 2015 season Monday afternoon.

“First, how great is it that we are able to come out play practice on this great turf,” said head coach Joe Moglia. “I thought we came out with great enthusiasm today and had more emotion during warmups than any one practice all of last season. Overall, I thought today was a good start. Our freshmen have been here this summer, so they had some idea of what today was going to be like, but really today was day for our leaders to show the new guys what is expected of them at one of our practices, learn our culture and get first-hand experience of BAM (Be A Man).”

Being the first day of practice, the team was limited to wearing just helmets with no contact. However, the two-hour session was fast-moving and crisp. Every drill had multiple groups running at once to ensure the maximum amount of reps.

“There is a lot of talk about us being the preseason favorite to once again win the Big South and being a top 10 program,” Moglia said. “We are honored by that, but we recognize those honors are based upon what we did last year. I feel really good about where we are right now compared to where we were at the start of last season, but know we have a lot of work to do before our opener at Furman. Obviously we need to replace an All-American linebacker, three all-conference offensive line, two additional all-conference defenders and our specialists. However, we will not ask any of the players on this year’s team to replace a `Quinn Backus’ because you can’t do that. What we can do is maximize the strengths of the players on this team to put us in the best position to be successful.”

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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