(Statesboro) – Georgia Southern University football coach Willie Fritz is leading his Eagles toward the 2015 season. The defending Sun Belt Conference champions are favored to win the conference once again. Fritz and the Eagles know how much work needs to be done to accomplish that task.
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STATESBORO, Ga. – Georgia Southern finished its second day of practice on the Banks of Beautiful Eagle Creek, and Eagle coach Willie Fritz was happy with the improvement from yesterday’s first session.
While the Eagles are learning technique and getting a considerable amount of conditioning, they are also learning how to practice. Fritz and his staff believe that injuries are caused more often from “going to ground” contact and want all their guys to keep their feet during practice. It’s a learning process to give maximum effort while at the same time staying off the ground, but Fritz thinks his team is getting the hang of it.
“We showed a lot of improvement as far as the mechanics of practice from yesterday,” said Fritz. “We have to keep coaching how we want to practice, especially as we start to get pads on.”
Like most coaches, Fritz does not like to have to repeat himself. In all facets of the program, listening, comprehending and making the proper adjustment is extremely important. Mistakes, both mental and physical, are made but they should be corrected and not made twice.
“That’s part of our evaluation,” said Fritz. “If we have to keep telling you over and over and you keep making the same mistake, you probably aren’t going to play.”
The Eagles went about two hours and 15 minutes in helmets today and are slated to wear shells Wednesday. Stations of drills on ball security and tackling came again near the end of today’s practice, followed by full team situations.
Practice is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. Wednesday on the banks of Beautiful Eagle Creek. Dates, times and locations of football practices are subject to change and may be impacted by weather conditions. Practices are open to the public, but any filming, recording or photography is limited to members of the media only.
Georgia Southern won the 2014 Sun Belt title in its first season in the league, finishing 8-0 in the conference and 9-3 overall. The Eagles return 58 lettermen and 13 starters to the 2015 squad, were picked to win the Sun Belt in the league’s preseason coaches’ poll and are receiving votes in the USA Today Amway Top-25 Coaches Poll.