The Citadel participated in its first two-a-day practice on Thursday at the Maybank Triplets Practice Facility at Willson Field. The Bulldogs worked out for 2 1/2 hours in the morning and then again for two hours in late afternoon in humid temperatures in the upper 80s.

"Our guys did an excellent job," Citadel head coach Kevin Higgins said. "We went early in the morning and had a full 24 period practice. In the afternoon, we majored in some special teams work and built on some pass scouting work from this morning. I thought we had great focus and great effort the entire day."

Offensively, the Bulldogs moved the passing drill inside the 10-yard line, ending practice with a live short-yardage scrimmage, with the defense prevailing.

Higgins was impressed with how the team came out focused.

"We had good carryover from our meetings to the field today," he said. "Each night, two members of our leadership council speak to the team on various aspects of leadership. Our focus was good."

The team returns to practice today at 8 a.m. at Maybank Triplets Practice Facility.

S.C. State

South Carolina State, after being granted the morning off, held a spirited practice in full pads in the evening. The session ended with an intense battle between the defense and the offense.

"I'm really excited about the defense. I think we got a chance to be really good on that side of the football," S.C. State coach Buddy Pough said. "But, usually this time of the year, the defense is ahead of the offense."

The Bulldogs return to their regular schedule today with a 3:10 p.m. drill.

Furman

Furman's first day in pads included 1-on-1 and 7-on-7 work, as well as a team session. It also saw the squad's first work with the option.

"There's always excitement in the air when you put on the shoulder pads, even though we weren't in full gear," Furman head coach Bobby Lamb said.

The Paladins practice again today at 8:45 a.m.

Newberry

Newberry players reported to preseason camp, with over 120 student-athletes returning to campus to prepare for the 2010 season.

The Wolves begin practice today at 2 p.m.