North Greenville University head football coach Jamey Chadwell noted at the end of the first week of practice that it was very obvious that the Crusaders are a more mature team.
“We only have nine seniors on our team, but it was immediately apparent that we have a lot of guys that have been around since we got here and know what to expect.”
NGU is working in preparation of its opener at South Atlantic Conference opponent Newberry College Saturday, Sept. 3 at 6:30 p.m. Following that contest, NGU will travel to Presbyterian College Sept. 10 before its home opener Saturday, Sept. 17 against Tusculum College at 7:00 p.m.
“It was very hot out there, but our guys have been very enthusiastic and excited to be back,” third year Crusader mentor Chadwell said. “I’m very pleased with the intensity and effort of our players. One of the highlights of the week was seeing our five seniors on defense (Jamarius Robinson, Jereme Green, Nick Rosamonda, Nathan Batchelor and Carl Dukes) being able to motivate the rest of the team every day.”
Chadwell said that his staff worked all week on installing the offensive and defensive systems and working on special teams. “Most importantly, we were looking to find out who can play,” he said. “We drilled hard on the fundamentals and techniques we need to play the game, but we only had our first day in pads on Friday, so we’ve got a long way to go. Even though we have a veteran team, we still had to work to acclimate our new players into the program. The freshmen and sophomores have to be incorporated into our team chemistry, so we just have to show them what the standard of expectations needs to be.”
“Our team is excited about the upgraded schedule, and we’ll continue to work hard in the coming weeks in preparation for our opener in September,” Chadwell added.