STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - Today is the day for the Georgia Southern football team.
The Eagles 2017 season is officially underway as fall practice kicked off Tuesday morning on the banks of Beautiful Eagle Creek
Head Coach Tyson Summers says there was a giddy energy and that's a good thing. He says with so many young players on this team, these first few practices will be all about teaching.
That, Summers says, has forced him to slow himself down in his practice mindset.
"I am somebody, I've got to do a better job myself of going a million miles an hour. I want to be rep, rep, rep, and that's really not what we need to do. We need to do a good job of teaching. We've got a lot of young guys in here. My assumption is we're going to count on quite a few freshmen to help us, so we have to get our baseline taught correctly these first two or three days," Summers said.
Summers says he was pleased with the way his coaches and players went about the first day.
There are only a couple of seniors on this year's team. Summers says their leadership will be critical this season.
After one day on the field, a couple of those seniors say they liked what they saw.
"It feels good always to run across the bridge, being out there with your teammates, getting yelled at by your coaches. But it's part of football. We love it. That's why we do it," said Darius Sapp, a senior defensive tackle.
"The guys came out with a lot of energy, and I think everybody enjoyed it. We just got to keep it up through the whole practice. I think it was pretty good today," said Myles Campbell, a senior wide receiver.
Of course, Eagle fans will be watching the new Bryan Cook-led offense and the quarterback battle Summers says is being led by Shai Werts and LaBarron Anthony.
The Eagles will kick off the season in just a few weeks at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Sept. 2 against the University of Auburn.