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Paladins Prepare For Saturday Scrimmage

Clay Hendrix
Clay Hendrix

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A week and a half into Furman's football preseason, new head coach Clay Hendrix said his squad is looking forward to Saturday's 1:00 p.m. scrimmage in Paladin Stadium.

"We're excited about it.  It will be the first time we'll get the coaches off the field, and we'll turn on the play clock, perform with a sense of urgency, and see who can go out there and execute our offense and defense and make plays," said Hendrix on Friday.

The Paladins hope to get in 80-90 plays, according to Hendrix, but, more importantly, "we'll give everybody an opportunity to feel good about what they are doing and play fast.

"We'll keep it simple.  A few guys won't get in as many plays as others, but we know that going in."

One of the main objectives of the scrimmage is helping the staff shape its depth chart.

"At this point we have very few positions that are totally settled.  Really where we have the most question marks is 'who will be No. 2?'

"We have a tentative depth chart, and we'll have a new one on Monday.  It can change daily, as I remind our guys.  At some point, though, you have to decide who you are going to spend time with.  You can only get so many guys ready to play a game.

"Most of those guys (backups) are going to play.  A lot of those decisions will be based on who can help us with special teams."

Ninety two players are taking part in Furman's preseason practice.

Furman's Mast General Store-Ingles FanFest is set for Saturday, Aug. 19 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Fluor Field in downtown Greenville.  Earlier that day the squad will practice in Sirrine Stadium from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Sirrine Stadium served as the home of Furman football from 1936-80 prior to the construction and occupancy of Paladin Stadium on Furman's campus beginning with the 1981 season.

Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information