Pough: Bulldog offense is 'coming along'

2013-08-15T23:06:00Z Pough: Bulldog offense is 'coming along'S.C. State Sports Information The Times and Democrat
August 15, 2013 11:06 pm  • 

South Carolina State conducted a two-hour-plus preseason workout Thursday morning at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium.

It was the lone workout of the day for the Bulldogs, who had a great workout in cool like temperatures, according to head coach Buddy Pough.

“I thought practice went really well today and the weather held up fine,” Pough said. “Still having an issue of sort and some days the offense seems like they are coming along and today was one of those days.”

The Bulldogs return to the practice field today when they will essentially complete their two-a-day staggered workouts. The morning session will be in full gear and the evening session in shorts and helmets, according to Pough.

S.C. State will devote most of Friday’s drills to preparing for its Saturday 10 a.m. scrimmage, the second of the preseason for Pough’s team.

Pough noted that Thursday was the midway point of preseason preparations for his team. The major part of the practice was devoted to special teams with an emphasis on PATs and coverage type situations.

Meet The Players Day

S.C. State will hold its annual “Meet the Players Day” Saturday beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium.

The annual event, sponsored by The STATE Club – the Bulldog boosters – will give fans an opportunity to meet the Bulldog players, take pictures, get autographs and have lunch with the players. Most of the activities are free; however, the cost of lunch with the players is $10 for adults and $5 for person’s 17-years old and under.

Rally At The Square

The city of Orangeburg will once again gather to the downtown plaza to show their support for the football team at the annual Rally at the Square set for Aug. 20.

Along with city and school officials, the football team, head coach Buddy Pough and the S.C. State cheerleaders are expected in attendance. The event is free to the public and starts at 6:30 p.m.

Season tickets

The South Carolina State University Ticket Office is accepting applications for season tickets for the 2013 football season.

Three packages are available for purchase:

  • Season football package — One reserved seat for all five home games — $130.
  • Football/basketball package — One reserved seat for each of the home football and basketball games — $185.
  • Youth/alumni football package — One general admission seat for all home football games for the classes of 2009-13 — $100.
  • Also on sale are tickets for the game against North Carolina A&T at the Georgia Dome; tickets for the Palmetto City Classic against Benedict at Williams-Brice Stadium; tickets for the Atlanta Football Classic; season parking passes ($80) and basketball season tickets ($75).

For more information, call 803-536-8579 or 1-800-298-9157.

Bird-watching

From the Coastal Carolina Sports Information Office

CONWAY – Coastal Carolina junior linebacker Quinn Backus is one of 33 players named to the watch list for the 2013 Football Championship Subdivision National Defensive Performer of the Year Award as named by the College Football Performance Awards.

Earlier this summer, the CFPA selected Backus as one of the top returning linebackers in the country. Fellow Chanticleers defensive back Johnnie Houston, punt returner Niccolo Mastromatteo and wide receiver Matt Hazel were also recognized as the nation’s top returning players at their respective positions.

The Greenwood native is a 2013 preseason third team All-American by The Sports Network and was voted the 2013 Big South Preseason Defensive Player of the Year after earning the same honors as the conclusion of last season. Backus set a record by being the Big South Defensive Player of the Week five times and set a CCU single-season record with 139 tackles.

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