The Statesmen held their first football practice as they prepared for the 2014 season, which is set to begin on Sept. 6 against Fort Valley State University at Fort Valley, Ga.
The Statesmen had a good practice as they went through drills for approximately 90 minutes.
The team also displayed signs of having good chemistry.
The Statesmen have implemented a big brother program where the veteran players are assigned to be a big brother to the newcomers. It gives the players an extra opportunity to know each other. At the end of practice, returning players got a chance to say something they learned about their little brother on the team.
Delta State head football coach Todd Cooley, who is in his second year with the team, said the guys are getting along well.
“They did a great job right there with the big brother deal in the end,” Cooley said. “I thought they set the bar really high for that. That was important to me for those guys getting to know each other. They’re doing a great job. We talk about being a family, and we really and truly are. I’m excited about that.”
The weather through out the whole day Monday was rainy.
Cooley said the new synthetic turf, installed by Geo-Surfaces, Inc., adds something extra to the atmosphere surrounding the team.
“You had a lot people out here for practice,” Cooley said. “They wanted to see us work on it and things of that nature. If we would have had a grass field out here today, we wouldn’t have been practicing. We got good work in. We’re out about an hour and a half, and I really liked the way we moved around.”
Delta State will practice each afternoon this week at 5 p.m. The first fall scrimmage will be held on Sunday at 4:45 p.m. at Parker Field-McCool Stadium.