When they hit the field, the sky was overcast, and rain sprinkled here and there. About 30 minutes later, the sun was out, and the field was baking. Weather.com said the temperature was 84 degrees with 77 percent humidity.
Oh, and this was the Gamecocks' first day in pads.
We watched the first 45 minutes of the workout, trying to take a quick look at each position group.
At quarterback, Minnesota transfer Max Shortell looks like he can handle the job. At 6-foot-6 and two years of experience in the Big Ten, he seems like the odds-on choice to win the job.
However, don't count out the others. Eli Jenkins, a redshirt freshman, seems like such a talent.
Senior place-kicker Griffin Thomas looked comfortable in what he was doing today. JSU won three games last year by three points in which his field goal late in the game made the difference.
About midway through our viewing period, Clark said we should take a look at the defensive linemen and the work they're doing under assistant coach David Reeves and graduate assistant Nick Gentry. Like the rest of the team, they worked quickly and efficiently.
Clark's practices are fast paced enough, the players should be in better than game shape by practice time.
Also, we must note defensive coordinator Duwan Walker. As we bumbled through one of his drills with backpedaling safeties, he held up his players for a moment so we didn't get run over.
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Video of kickers: