Jacksonville State worked out in shoulder pads and helmets for the first time on Sunday, and head coach John Grass said the Gamecocks continue to make progress.
“It’s good to get into shells today,” said the first-year head coach. “The first two days in helmets were good, but this is real football when you put the shells on and then get into pads.”
Grass said the Gamecocks practice will not change much now the team is working in shells, compared to when they strap on the pads later in the week.
“We will practice the same whether we are in shells or full pads, it’s a pretty physical practice and continue to bond as a team.
“We are pretty much full speed, the pads just protect you a little more,” added Grass. “We try and keep everything off the ground, but this will let us see how physical we are.”
Grass did mention that he has been impressed with the newcomers on the team after Sunday’s workout.
“I’m proud of the way our newcomers have caught on to the way we practice,” said Grass. “Anybody can look good running around in just headgear, so it will be good to see how physical they are when they get into pads.”
Jax State will practice in the evening again on Monday, before working in pads for the first time on Tuesday afternoon.