First week of Camp Moglia comes to close for Chants

Preseason football camp must seem feel like clockwork for Coastal Carolina compared to one year ago.

The Chanticleers wrapped up their first full week of practice Thursday, a relatively rehearsed session after the chaos of 2012. Head coach Joe Moglia was back on the sidelines for the first time in three decades, his staff was still getting to know one another and, most important of all, the players were getting to know them. This week, aside from the large freshman class of 32, it was old hat, err, helmet, for the returning players.

“I am relatively pleased with where are and I do think the younger guys are coming along,” Moglia said. “I feel since our veteran guys have a year under their belts, we are working from a stronger base now as opposed to a year ago at this point.”

The players concur and are looking to build upon a foundation that finally came together at the end of the 2012 campaign – just in time to claim the Big South Conference championship and the automatic bid that comes with, and go on to score the first playoff victory in school history.

“Having one year under my belt makes it easier to build on what I already know,” said All-Big South offensive lineman Chad Hamilton. “Coach Moglia has talked about compounding, which is to say you have a base and you continually keep building on that. Also, with me being a year in, I can help the younger guys so the whole team moves forward.”

The Chants have played in shorts and shells and full pads but have yet to turn up the heat with full contact. That starts this weekend, when the Chants start to go at it in preparation for the Aug. 31 season opener at South Carolina State. Only then, Moglia said, will the Chants start to get a taste for how far they can go in 2013.

“We are working hard, but we are still making too many silly mistakes and fundamental errors. We have to clean that up if we expect to be where we want to be,” Moglia said.

“We did not have as much contact in the first week so it is difficult at this time to say who is playing well and who isn’t. We will have contact and live situations Saturday. After that, we will have a better feel.”

But the Chants already have a much better feel for their coach and his program than they did one year ago.

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