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      Samford football wraps up practice for Gardner-Webb

      Samford running back Fabian Truss (Photo by Caroline Summers)


      The Samford football team held its final full practice in preparation for Saturday's game at Gardner-Webb, Thursday afternoon at Seibert Stadium. The Bulldogs practiced for a little over an hour in shorts and helmets.{}Samford enters this weekend's game at 2-0 on the young season. A win in Saturday's contest would give the Bulldogs their first 3-0 start since 1995. Samford head coach Pat Sullivan said he has liked the way his team has worked this week.{}"I think we've had an outstanding week of practice," Sullivan said. "Every day they have gotten better and stayed focused. I thought today's practice was much better than last Thursday's practice, and I am excited about watching them play on Saturday."{}Samford and Gardner-Webb will be meeting for the eighth time, with Samford holding a 5-2 advantage in the series. The teams met last season at Seibert Stadium, with Samford coming away with a 41-14 victory.{}Gardner-Webb enters the game with a record of 0-2, with losses to traditional powers Wofford and Richmond. Sullivan said, despite their record, he knows his team will have its hands full with Gardner-Webb on Saturday.{}"Gardner-Webb has played two games in the rain against two really good teams," Sullivan said. "They are a talented team and we have our work cut out for us. We're going on the road for the first time, and a lot of our guys are young and this will be their first trip."{}The Bulldogs will leave from the Samford campus Friday morning at 11:30 a.m.{}Saturday's game at Gardner-Webb is scheduled for a 2 p.m. kickoff from Spangler Stadium in Boiling Springs, N.C. The game can be heard locally on ESPN 97.3 The Zone, or worldwide on the internet at