Eagles go through intense first practice under Summers’ watch
STATESBORO - Tyson Summers has been the head coach of the Georgia Southern football program for over three months now, but it wasn’t until senior safety Vegas Harley crossed over the bridge at Beautiful Eagle Creek at 3:05 p.m. Thursday that the Summers Era officially kicked off. Harley was the first player to run across that legendary bridge and was followed by over 100 of his teammates for an intense, 150-minute practice on a gorgeous 82-degree March afternoon in Statesboro.
Summers and his new staff put the team through the paces, starting with stretching, kicking and individual periods before beginning the installation process of the offense and defense. While it was just the base of what the staff will put in, it was still intense and at a fast pace.
“I think it was good,” Summers said. “It felt good for us and our staff to get out there with the kids and I thought early on, there was a lot of anxiety with them ... first day ... jittery ... trying to do everything right and trying be perfect and what I told them to start was ‘go as hard and fast as you can and you’ll be alright. There will be mistakes, we’ll coach you up.’ Believe in the process and we’ll wind up where we need to be, but certainly we’re a long way from that.”
For Summers and his staff, the main task was focusing on taking care of the minor details while doing it full speed.
“Today was all about the little things,” Summers said. “Today wasn’t about exactly what step to take. Today wasn’t all about exactly where the ball is going if you’re the quarterback or what you’re alignment is if you’re a linebacker. Today was about making sure that they communicated, that they were tough, they had leadership, and that they were running to the football and trying to finish. That was the biggest part of the day. If we can get those things right and corrected and we can get that part instilled the way we want it to be, the other part will come and take care of itself.”
The Eagles will have 14 more spring practices before breaking for the summer. The next time they’ll take the field will be Saturday morning, again at Beautiful Eagle Creek.
Sat., March 26; 9:15-11:30 AM
Tues., March 29; 3:15-5:30 PM
Thurs., March 31; 3:15-5:30 PM
Sat., April 2; 9:15-11:30 AM
Tues., April 5; 3:15-5:30 PM
Thurs., April 7; 3:15-5:30 PM
Sat., April 9; 9:15-11:30 AM
Tues., April 12; 3:15-5:30 PM
Thurs., April 14; 3:15-5:30 PM
Sat., April 16; Noon … SPRING GAME … Statesboro High
Tues., April 19; 9:15-11:30 AM
Thurs., April 21; 3:15-5:30 PM
Sat., April 23; 9:15-11:30 AM
Mon., April 25; 3:15-5:30 PM
While the practices remain open as they have in the past, fans must check in at the entrance off Tillman Road.
(From Georgia Southern Reports)