Coach Will Muschamp says that overall, the first day of practice went nicely.
Defensive end Marquavius Lewis says the team is transitioning between coaches.
By Malique Rankin
New Gamecock head football coach Will Muschamp oversaw his first practice on Tuesday night. Muschamp will be coaching with an almost entirely new staff. Setting aside nerves, Muschamp said the day went well.
“It’s a typical first day; a lot going on, a lot of anxiety, a lot of things we can coach from the film," Muschamp. "A thing that our guys have been to this point is coachable and adaptable to a lot of the situations and what we’re throwing at them."
The players have a lot of new things being thrown at them, and Muschamp will be facing his own tough decisions as practices continue on. He will have to choose between five quarterback candidates.
Perry Orth, Senior
Connor Mitch, Redshirt Junior
Lorenzo Nunez, Sophomore
Michael Scarnecchia, Redshirt Sophomore
Brandon McIlwain, Freshman
This didn't seem to be an issue on the players' minds after the first practice. The consensus appeared to be that the practice was upbeat and the day ran well.
"It's gone smoothly. We had a rough off-season," said linebacker T.J. Holloman. "They got us prepared for this. The conditioning was hard, the weight lifting was hard. It was all different stuff. And so it’s prepared us for this practice."
The team and coaches will be working to establish a new team chemistry as they adjust to one another. Defensive end Marquavius Lewis acknowledged the transition the team was facing with a new coach.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a restart button, but it’s a big difference," Lewis said. "They bring in a lot of new things and, knowing that we have to adjust, it can be a little difficult.”
That chemistry will be put to the test during the first spring game on April 9.
The practice was held at the new practice fields held behind Gamecock park, near Williams Brice Stadium.