MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The preseason progression continued for
the Huntingdon College football team on Monday.
The first four practices focused on learning and
conditioning. One more aspect was added for the fifth practice. After two days
in shorts and helmets and two days in shoulder pads, shorts and helmets, the Hawks
were able to dress out in full pads Monday morning.
Head coach Mike Turk was pleased to see another good day of
effort and excitement from his team. Turk said there is a long way to go, but
the progress is good.
“We’re still installing new things and that’s a process,”
Turk said. “Each time you add something new, there’s a learning period and you’re
going to make mistakes. We’re making mistakes on both sides of the ball right
now, but we’re getting better.”
As for the first time in full pads, Turk said the Hawks have
a lot of work to do on tackling.
“Today was our first time to tackle at full speed and we’ve
got to get better,” Turk said. “But every team in the country has to get better
at tackling right now. That’s one thing you can’t work on all summer. We’ll keep
working and we’ll get there.”
Turk said he is seeing a lot of good things out of his
defense. Guys like D.J. Chappell and Jeremy Hooks are helping to set the tone
on the defensive line.
“We have some guys returning up front that are doing a good
job with their assignments,” Turk said. “I’ve noticed D.J. has been in our
backfield a lot and Jeremy seems to be playing well. But you can never have
enough good defensive linemen. Like most coaches will tell you, your defense is
going to be as good as your defensive front allows you to be. It’s encouraging
that we seem to be making strides on the defensive front.”
Huntingdon will hold its first two-a-day practice of the
preseason on Tuesday. The Hawks will take the field at 9 a.m. and again for a
shorter session at 4 p.m.
Turk said one of the things he wants to keep emphasizing to
his team is the importance of having the right attitude in the coming days.
“If we bring the right attitude to the field each day, we’ll
get to where we want to be,” Turk said. “Right now we’re doing that. Our
leaders are encouraging each other. As long as we can get that kind of effort
and enthusiasm, then we’ve got a chance.”