The Samford football team practiced for over two hours in shorts and helmets Tuesday afternoon at Seibert Stadium. The practice marked the second day of fall camp, but it was the first full practice for the Bulldogs after Monday's workout was cut short by inclement weather.
Tuesday's practice was also delayed by inclement weather. The Bulldogs practiced for a little over half an hour in the afternoon before being forced inside. The team returned to the practice field in the early evening for the remainder of the workout.
"They worked hard and I thought their enthusiasm was great," Samford head coach Pat Sullivan said. "Their carry-over and retention from the spring has been good."
Sullivan said some of the newcomers to the team have been impressive so far. He also said he feels good about the performance of the team's kickers.
"It was good to see some of the young freshmen out there," Sullivan said. "We are just in shorts, but you can see that they have some ability. I thought all of our kickers did well, and that was good to see. So, it was an encouraging night."
Samford returns eight starters on offense and six starters on defense from last season's team. The Bulldogs, however, will have to replace four-year starting quarterback Dustin Taliaferro. Sullivan said both Ben Neill and Andy Summerlin have performed well so far.
"Both of them continue to get better, and they are playing with confidence," Sullivan said. "They weren't perfect, but they both made a lot of good plays, and it is a good situation for us."
The Bulldogs will practice in shells for the first time on Wednesday, with practice scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. at Seibert Stadium. The team's first full-pad workout will be Friday at 4:20 p.m.
Samford opens the 2012 season with a SoCon home game against the Furman Paladins. The game is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start from Seibert Stadium, and it will be broadcast live on CSS.