Samford football practices in helmets, shorts on day two of spring drills

Samford head coach Pat Sullivan at the Bulldogs' second spring practice on Thursday. (

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Samford football team practiced for about two hours in shorts and helmets Thursday afternoon at Seibert Stadium. The practice was the second of 15 the Bulldogs will go through this spring. {} Samford head coach Pat Sullivan is preparing for his seventh season as the Bulldogs' head coach. Sullivan said he saw some improvements from Wednesday's first practice. {} "I thought today was much more polished," Sullivan said. "Their attention was good and their retention was good. They practiced really well today." {} Samford returns eight starters on the offensive side of the ball. One of the leaders of the offense will be senior running back Fabian Truss. {} "It just feels good to be back out here," Truss said. "We're getting our fundamentals down, getting our steps down and making sure those young guys know their blocking protection."

Truss led the Bulldogs and ranked fifth in the Southern Conference with 1,063 rushing yards last season. As the only senior running back, Truss says he looks forward to being one of the leaders on the offense this season. {} "I'm a senior and a lot of those guys are looking up to me," Truss said. "I'm the only senior running back. We just have to coach those younger guys up, and I'm just doing what I can do to get them into the position they need to be in." {} The Bulldogs will take the next week off for Spring Break. The team will return to practice with the first workout in pads on March 25. The practice is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. at Seibert Stadium.

Day One Recap:

The Samford football team opened spring practice for 2013 with a {}two-hour workout in shorts and helmets Wednesday afternoon at Seibert Stadium. {} The Bulldogs went through 24, five-minute periods of work. The team worked on individual, special teams and team drills during the workout. Samford head coach Pat Sullivan described it as a typical first spring practice. {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} "It was probably a typical first day in spring," Sullivan said. "We have a long way to go to build a good football team. We lost a lot of good players from last year, and we're starting to try to fit the pieces of the puzzle together again. There were some that stood out, but in shorts it's more of just trying to get back in the flow, learning the plays, going through the different assignments. I think the mental concentration today was not quite as good as I'd like to see it." {} Over the last several weeks, the team has been going through its offseason conditioning program with strength and conditioning coach Ryan Davis. Sullivan said the program has paid off for his team. {} "They're in good shape," Sullivan said. "If we had to play a game today, conditioning wouldn't be a problem." {} Sullivan added that, even though the Bulldogs can only practice in shorts and helmets for its first two practices, there are still some things he wants his team to accomplish during these first two workouts. {} "What you want to do is get back out with a football, work on your fundamentals, start working on drills, start running plays, even though you don't have pads on," Sullivan said. "You have to get back and get your assignments down on the different things. Your one-on-one, your seven-on-seven and pass scale, you can do those things. We have some holes to fill in the kicking game. We lost our place-kicker, so we have to find one. We have a lot of things to do in a lot of areas." {} The team will practice again in shorts and helmets Thursday afternoon. The practice is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. at Seibert Stadium.