The South Carolina State Bulldogs closed out preseason camp with a nearly three-hour scrimmage Saturday at Oliver. C. Dawson Stadium.

The Bulldogs ran about 90 plays in steamy hot temperatures in preparation for the season opener against Southern University in the annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sept.3. The 2:30 p.m. game will be televised live on ESPN2.

Coach Buddy Pough said the coaching staff is still evaluating players in an effort to put together a solid depth chart for the season.

“I am impressed with quite a few guys on offense and defense,” Pough said. “Some of the new players are really picking up the process and working through camp to get better."

Saturday's scrimmage was the Bulldogs' second of the preseason.

“I haven’t noticed anything different from this scrimmage compared to the first one on last week,” Pough said. “The defense is going to always make it hard for you to make big plays, but to their credit it helps make our offense better when we start playing.

“Now we turn our attention to Southern and start preparing for them,” Pough said. “We have to be ready. They are a very good football team and we go into their territory, so it won’t be easy.”


Note: Saturday's Meet The Player Day event was canceled.