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110 players enter the pitch at Paulson Stadium
STATESBORO- While the team has been working on campus for most of the summer, the official start of the 2022 Georgia Southern football season was announced Wednesday morning as the team took to the field at Allen E. Paulson Stadium. for the start of the pre-season camp.
The team took part in a spirited two-hour practice with helmets and jerseys after starting the day with an early breakfast at Bishop Fieldhouse, position meetings and a brief tour. The rest of the day consisted of lunch, a team meeting at 4 p.m., a review of practices, dinner, installation meetings and finally a snack before the evening break. The team will repeat this schedule for the next three days before having Sunday off.
The head coach Helton clay was pleased with the quick workout and praised the team for how they handled the heat on a hot summer morning in Statesboro.
“It was a good opening day, and I’m very grateful that we have 25 practices,” Helton said. “I think the kids came out with good energy, good focus and really worked a lot over the summer. You talk about eight weeks of meetings, preparation, more strength and conditioning. It was evident in the first practice the state they are in now”
A few notes from the day:
• The official start-of-camp list was unveiled on Monday and includes 134 players. The NCAA only allows 110 people to come to camp and practice and the rest can begin their acclimatization period once classes begin. With the Eagles having open practices, players not training as part of the 110-player roster are allowed to attend and watch practice to help them stay in the know and ready to go when they can come in. in the field next week. Georgia Southern begins its fall term in one week, Wednesday, August 10.
• Receivers had better spend more time brushing up on their math because coaches were asking them to solve simple addition problems while tracking tennis balls in the air. Helton said today was easy and they would get into multiplication and division as the preseason progresses. When you have a head coach who specialized in math, it’s no surprise to see some numbers involved in practice. Helton told the media after training that the purpose of this drill is to make training harder so that when you get to a game, catching the ball while other distractions are happening becomes second nature.
• Many new faces were on the pitch for the first time. In all, 34 new players have joined the team since the end of spring training, including 10 transfers. Adding up all freshmen and transfers, there are 54 new players on the roster since the Eagles last played a game in November.
• Speaking of transfers, the Eagles have 19 players on the fall roster who transferred from NCAA Division I schools. Eight of them have only one year of eligibility left.
• Ten Georgia Southern players on the 2022 roster are in their sixth year of eligibility. The Eagles even have a player (Todd Bradley Glenn) in their seventh year of eligibility. Bradley-Glenn is the oldest on the list at 25, followed by the quarterback Kyle Vantrease who turns 24 on August 20.
• After a spring without music during training, the Eagles were rocked by music during stretching, but also at the end of training during a team exercise. Helton said it was to simulate what it would look like – and how to communicate – in noisy road stadiums, and for defense when Paulson Stadium rocks.
• Cornerback Canteen Derrick was back on the pitch after suffering a torn pectoral muscle early in the FAU game last year. He was restricted to the spring as a precaution but told the media after training he was 100% for the first time since that FAU game in September 2021.
• Senior punter Anthony Beck II didn’t have much to do on Day 1, as Helton said he counted kickers and punters on pitch count, as did quarterbacks. Today was a day for the kickers to have a half training period and Beck II took over as the starting snapper Marc Langston. The kickers were perfect that day, by the way. Expect Beck II’s right leg to be in action soon. In the meantime, he and several specialists were seen helping to hand out cold towels to their teammates as they walked off the pitch. Helton said he expects them to be in training to be great teammates, even if it’s a light day for them. After practice, Beck II was asked by the media what was being worked on to speed up the kicking process. Beck II said it was highlighted in a meeting last night that the Eagles had the most blocked kicks in the country last year and promises that won’t happen again this year.
• Here is a breakdown of the classifications:
Seventh Year Seniors (1); Sixth grade seniors (10); Fifth grade seniors (4); Senior Redshirts (10); Elders (4); Junior Red Shirts (29); junior (7); Redshirt sophomores (13); Second year (5); redshirt freshmen (17); Freshmen (34)
• Here is a breakdown of positions:
Quarterbacks (9); running backs (9); wide receivers (21); Tight Ends (7); offensive line (20); defensive lines (19); Linebackers (11); Defensive backs (27); Gamblers (2); Kickers (5); Long snappers (4)
• Here is a breakdown of States of Origin:
Georgia (89); Florida (14); South Carolina (9); North Carolina (5); Alabama (4); Louisiana (3); California (3); Hawaii (1); Mississippi (1); New Jersey (1); Ohio (1); Pennsylvania (1); Tennessee (1); Texas (1)