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South Carolina State’s second workout in full gear Thursday was a very lively session, according to Bulldog head coach Buddy Pough.

In addition to emphasizing several phases of the kicking game, the workout, which was briefly interrupted by bad weather, featured a lively “Oklahoma” man-on-man blocking drill between offensive and defensive linemen with a running back behind them.

“Things were pretty lively and went good,” Pough said. “Our ‘Oklahoma’ drill is always a lot of fun. It’s a real physical-type session and it gives the staff an opportunity to see who has some bite in them. The big guys go after the big guys and the little guys do the same and it gives us a chance to see who wants to play.”

In the kicking game, SC State devoted a lot of attention to field goals, PATs and kickoffs.

Pough said the special team drills went well, noting that the two freshmen kickers are continuing to impress as well as the long snappers, however, he added that the Bulldogs were still seeking a backup holder.

“This phase of our special teams is looking good so far,” said Pough. “The kickers have been consistent and the long snappers have done a good job as well. The holder has been good but we are looking for a backup holder which will make us at least two-deep at all three positions, as well as at punter.”

The Bulldogs will continue workouts Friday at 2:30 p.m., which represents a schedule change. The workout was originally set for 9 a.m.

S.C. State will hold its Media/Picture Day on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 9 a.m., followed by a 3:10 p.m. scrimmage, the first of the preseason for Pough’s team.

The annual "Meet the Players Day/Fan Fest," hosted by The S.T.A.T.E Club, is set for Saturday, Aug. 25, from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. School supplies will be given away by Bulldog coaches and players to the first 120 kids in attendance.

Season tickets for S.C. State’s five-game home schedule remain available. Reserved seating is available and may be purchased by contacting the S.C. State Ticket Office by phone at 803-536-8579 or online at www.scsuathletics.com.

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