MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The first football practice of the
season is in the books for Huntingdon College.
The Hawks took the field Thursday morning in shorts and
worked out for more than two hours at W. James Samford Stadium. Head coach Mike
Turk said he was glad to get started.
“It was a long summer,” Turk said. “The past few days it
seemed like everyone in the country was practicing except us. So it was good to
get back out there and get the first day under our belt. It was good to be able
to do a little coaching and establish a baseline. We’ve got to get a lot
better, but every team has to get better this time of year.”
Turk described the morning as typical for a first practice.
“The enthusiasm was good until we started getting tired,”
Turk said. “There were a lot of mistakes and mental errors, especially late in
practice. Typically that means we’re not in condition like we need to be. But
we knew that was going to be a challenge. It was difficult for us to condition like
we normally do while the field was being worked on and the new turf was being
installed this summer.”
Turk said the main priority during the next few days is to work
on the team’s conditioning and mental toughness.
“The biggest thing we’ve got to do is get in better shape
and be focused when we’re tired,” Turk said. “I don’t care how good a shape you’re
in, by the fourth quarter of that first game you are going to be tired. When you’re tired, you still have to be able to focus, execute
assignments and not have mental lapses.
“Today, when we started to get tired, we started feeling
sorry for ourselves. That’s something we’ve got to talk about and act on. We’ve
got some good leaders on this team and we’ll be OK.”
Huntingdon’s second practice is scheduled for Friday at 9
a.m. with the third practice scheduled for Saturday at 9 a.m. Practices are
open to the public.
The Hawks will practice in shorts again on Friday and will
practice in shorts and shoulder pads on Saturday and Sunday. Monday will be the
first practice in full gear.