Mercer completes first day of practice in pads

Mercer completes first day of practice in pads

The Mercer University football team practiced in full pads on Sunday morning, after shifting from shells (helmets and shoulder pads) for the first time this preseason.
MACON, Ga. (MERCER ATHLETICS RELEASE) – The Mercer University football team practiced in full pads on Sunday morning, after shifting from shells (helmets and shoulder pads) for the first time this preseason.

The Bears once again enjoyed mild temperatures at Mercer University Stadium, as the intensity was taken to a new level for the two-and-a-half hour practice. Less than one week away from the team’s first scrimmage, Mercer continues to implement its defensive and offensive playbook to a team that includes 26 players in their first preseason camp.

Linebacker Corey Lockett and quarterback John Russ discussed the team’s first day of practice in full pads.


Linebacker Corey Lockett
On his thoughts on the move to full pads for the first time in camp:
“If felt really good to go in full gear. We haven’t been able to play real football lately. A big part of defense is tackling and that is something that we do in full gear. Tackling, make plays and also getting off cut blocks, which is something the offense was finally able to do today.”

On what he wants to see from the defense in camp:
“We are expected to always run to ball, which is something that coach is always preaching to us. That is something that we have to get better at, along with getting in game shape and being able to run to the ball and making tackles. When you are tired you might not want to do the same techniques and everything that you normally do, so getting into game shape and running to the ball now will help that a lot.”



Quarterback John Russ
On what steps the offense needs to take before Saturday’s scrimmage:
“We want to be better at the proficiency of the plays and not have negative plays against the defense. Just focus on techniques. I’m still messing up some of my reads and progressions and we can’t have that in the scrimmage. We need to work the best we can to get four yards a play. We’ll win football games if we do.”

On how the offense is coming together after five days of practice:
“Our offense is coming together good in the first five days of camp. We have six days of install, so we are still installing our plays and our formations. We are just seeing what we are good at and we’ll go on from there.”

Fall Camp Continues

Mercer will practice in full pads for the second-straight day on Monday, when it goes through an 8:45 a.m. workout at Mercer University Stadium. Less than a month away from the season opener against Reinhardt, the team’s preseason camp schedule features 13 remaining practices and two scrimmages.

Tickets for Reinhardt Game Go on Sale Monday

Single-game football tickets for Mercer University’s 2014 season opener against Reinhardt will officially go on sale on Monday at 10 a.m. Fans can purchase tickets online at tickets.mercer.edu or by calling the Mercer Ticket Office at (478) 301-5470.
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