Posted: Friday, April 18th 2014 at 11:34pm
Georgia Southern wraps spring practice
By Staff reports
STATESBORO -– Just before the rain moved into Statesboro, a few blasts of wind swept across the practice fields adjacent to “Beautiful Eagle Creek,” as the Eagle Football team finished up its final practice of spring 2014.
The hour-long workout early Friday morning finished before the deluge was expected later in the day. Originally scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, rain caused the change in the practice schedule.
The shorts and shirts session with temperatures in the upper 40s will be a distant memory come late July and August. While the Eagles won’t be on the practice fields for the remainder of the semester, Georgia Southern Football, the spread option and Eagle student-athletes will still be a topic for discussion. For the student-athletes, exit interviews, classwork and finals will fill their remaining weeks. For the coaches, spring recruiting begins as soon as the exit interviews are complete.
“Our coaches will have exit interviews with all their position group players, talk to them about things they are doing well, things they need to improve upon, academically, off the field, on the field, (getting) bigger, faster, stronger, quicker, gain weight, lose weight, whatever the case may be,” said Coach Willie Fritz. “Then I’ll exit interview every single player as well, it takes me about a week to do that. We think that’s important to make sure everyone knows exactly where they stand in our program.”
Starting with what he values as most important – effort – Coach Fritz and his coaching staff have evaluated the Eagles, reviewing and grading both scrimmages and almost every single practice. In addition to on-the-field observation of his team, Fritz records his notes on a hand-held digital recorder and watches film after each session.
“We have a pretty good working depth chart in terms of first team, second team, maybe guys we feel confident who are going to travel,” Fritz said. “I have a much better idea of who is going to play in the kicking game for us, what their strengths, what their weaknesses are and we’re going to put that together over the next few weeks as well. What I am encouraged by is the level of competition. We are going to have a lot of spots that will come into play and see who is going to earn that spot when we get into preseason camp.”
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