Charleston Southern continued fall practice Monday afternoon on the CSU Practice Field. The Bucs will strap on the pads and conduct their first full contact practice of fall Tuesday morning. First-year head coach Jamey Chadwell has been encouraged by the enthusiasm of his team, and hopes to see more of it as the Bucs begin hitting tomorrow.
"I think our intensity has kept up every day which I've been pleased with," Chadwell said of the Bucs' focus level early in camp. "We've been trying to push our conditioning and push our effort level with every practice. Our first four days have been very good. There's great intensity, guys are flying around and they're still happy to be here which is always good as well."
A veteran of two training camps, junior defensive end Dylan Black is also excited to see the passion his teammates are exhibiting.
"The first four days, I can definitely tell it's a new program," Black said. "The attitude has been changing and guys are really buying in, especially the defensive line. We believe that we can be the best defensive line in the conference. We've been getting after it and hitting it hard."
CSU will go to full pads for the first time of the fall Tuesday at 9 a.m. as they prepare for their first scrimmage this Saturday.
"They want to hit and they want to tackle the first day," Chadwell said. "I expect them tomorrow to come out with a lot of energy. It's the first time since spring - four or five months now - that they've actually had to hit people live and take them to the ground. I think tomorrow will be one of the best practices that we've had because of the excitement of getting after each other."
CSU begins the 2013 season on August 31, as it travels to downtown Charleston to square off against The Citadel.