The North Greenville University football team began its second year of spring drills under Coach Jamey Chadwell last week, and the Crusader mentor said it has been much easier this year because the players know coaches and understand what is expected.
“We came in late last spring and we had to put everything in very quickly, including getting to know the players,” Chadwell said. “This spring, there is a much more enthusiastic spirit because the players know what to expect, they know the drills, and it makes it much easier to get everything put in.”
“There is a great deal of excitement about hitting again,”Chadwell explained. “We just finished our second week in pads and you can tell there is a major difference from this year to last. Both our offense and defense have installed the new packages, and now we just have to polish them. We’ve got 15 days to hit, so we need to maximize our time.”
Chadwell’s Crusaders will hold their first scrimmage Wednesday, and will culminate spring drills with the spring game Saturday, April 17.
“It’s been a good spring and we’ve seen a lot of progress in the off-season as well,” Chadwell added. “The guys have spent a lot of time in the weight room and conditioning and it will pay off next fall. Our goal for the rest of the spring is to get everything in and then master it.”
“There has been a lot of competition for positions this year because we lost so heavily on defense,” he said. “A lot of new guys are getting the opportunity to compete. We do have a lot of experience back on offense, and we’re seeing a lot of progress on picking up the offensive schemes.
Several individuals were cited by Chadwell as making significant progress this spring: Tyran Melvin (SR DL Conway, SC), AJ Jones (SO, DB Greenwood, SC – moved to inside linebacker), Justin Bishop (SO TE Summerville, SC), and Will Beacham (SR LT Travelers Rest, SC).