Rumph Visits SC State Spring Practice

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ORANGEBURG, S.C. (SCSU SID) -- South Carolina State continued spring football drills Sunday afternoon with a two-hour session in which the Bulldogs continued installation of the offensive and defensive schemes the team hopes to use in the fall.

“We are still working at completing our installations,” said head coach Buddy Pough. “We are trying to get all of the parts of our offense and defense completed. Once we complete that, we can proceed to go about the task of lining up our team activity.”

Sunday’s session was the second in should pads for Pough’s team and he noted the players had responded well to the added equipment.

“The players have handled things quite well,” he said. “They are working hard and showing a lot of enthusiasm and seem to be enjoying things. And, I’m glad because we all know that it’s going to require hard work if we are to redeem ourselves next year. Each day we are out here, we want to make progress and improve our chances of having a good season.”

The Bulldogs are coming off a 5-6 overall season and a 4-4 showing in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. It was the team’s first losing season in 12 years and the first losing campaign in Pough’s 11-year tenure.

A surprise visitor attended Sunday’s Bulldog practice. Coach Chris Rumph, who began his college coaching career as a Pough assistant and is now the defensive line coach at national champion Alabama, stopped by and was invited by Pough to address the team briefly. The St. Matthews native and former Calhoun County head coach, who also coached at Clemson after leaving Pough’s staff, has been a part of two national championship teams at Alabama the last three seasons.

SC State returns to the field Tuesday at 6:45 a.m. The Bulldogs will also practice Thursday and Friday before taking an Easter break, according to Pough.

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