ORANGEBURG -- South Carolina State began the day with a morning scrimmage and followed that with the annual Meet the Players Day and Fan Fest.
The priority for Bulldogs head coach Buddy Pough and his staff in the approximately 80-snap scrimmage was how much his team had improved from the Aug. 14 scrimmage, but the highlight for the players, perhaps, was receiving their 2009 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and Sheridan Broadcasting Network championship rings.
Pough said that he and his staff were looking for a more productive performance from his team, however, he noted the anticipation of meeting the fans and receiving the rings may have been somewhat of a distraction for the Bulldogs.
"I saw some improvement from a week ago," Pough said, "But we still have a lot of work to do. When I assess things, I don't know whether I should be happy or concerned. The defense showed a lot of fire, no matter what group was in there and I'm happy about that."
Furman head coach Bobby Lamb's critique of his squad's Saturday afternoon scrimmage in Greenville matched the weather in which it was played: uninspired and dreary.
"We looked like a tired, dead-legged football team today, like one that had been practicing for two weeks," said Lamb after the 75-play session amid intermittent showers. "We had a couple of two-a-days this week, and they were on their feet a lot, so I think that had a lot to do with our lack of zip. We did get it going some near the end of practice and some guys made some plays, but overall it wasn't very impressive."
In addition to forcing two turnovers, the defense recorded four sacks.
The offense scored twice in the regular portion of the scrimmage, with reserve quarterback Bryan Hayes connecting with walk-on wide receiver Carson Parker on a 50-yard touchdown strike, and backup signal caller Cody Worley drilling a 19-yard strike to Tyler Maples.