SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Wofford College football team began preparation for the 2017 season with the first day of practice on Tuesday afternoon. The Terriers were on the field for approximately two hours.
The team reported to campus on Sunday, with equipment fitting and meetings on Monday. Following a morning walk-through, the team started the first practice at 3:30 pm. The team worked in position groups for the majority of practice, with three periods of team drills. There were also two periods of seven-on-seven, along with a special teams circuit.
“It was just okay today and okay is not good enough,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “We have a ways to go and it wasn’t as sharp as we needed to be. For the first time out, a lot of the young kids were a little lost. We have to do a better job of preparing them. We have to ramp it up and play and practice the way that it needs to be. Fundamentals are a big part of the game, but fundamentals without effort is going to get you beat. It starts first and foremost with guys out there that strive to be the best that they can be and they push themselves. We have to see more of that and get more of that as we work towards the opener.”
Wofford will practice again at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The team will be in shoulder pads for the first time on Thursday and move to full pads on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
NOTABLES: All players that missed time due to injury during the 2016 season or spring practice are cleared to participate … Linebackers John Patterson and Michael Roach will work with the team as student assistant coaches this season … For the second year, Wofford will not have any two-a-day practices … This season’s Terriers are from 14 different states … South Carolina leads the way with 34 student-athletes, followed by Georgia at 15 and Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee with eight each … The 2017 season begins at home on September 2 against Furman … Season tickets for Wofford are still available by calling 864-597-4090.