Sullivan, Samford prep for conference opener against Western Carolina

Samford head coach Pat Sullivan described the Bulldogs' practice on Tuesday as "sloppy." Samford will host Western Carolina Saturday. (

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --{} The Samford football team practiced for about two hours in full pads Tuesday afternoon at Seibert Stadium. The Bulldogs are preparing for Saturday's Southern Conference opener against Western Carolina. Samford head coach Pat Sullivan made his return last week after missing the first three games of the season after having back surgery. Sullivan described Tuesday's practice as sloppy. "To me, it was a typical Tuesday practice," Sullivan said. "When you're going against something different you're a little sloppy. We were not quite as sharp as I'd hoped we'd be, but I thought our effort was pretty good." Samford enters the game with a record of 2-2. Last week, the Bulldogs dropped a 34-31 decision in the team's home opener against Southeastern Louisiana. "This is a huge game for us," Sullivan said. "We have to do nothing but work on ourselves and get better. I think the kids have that attitude, and we have two more days to get honed in on what we need to do." Western Carolina is currently 1-3 overall and 0-1 in Southern Conference play. The Catamounts are coming off a 30-23 win over Mars Hill last weekend. "Western Carolina is a good football team," Sullivan said. "People are going to look at their record and say they're not that good, but they've lost a couple of close games and they came back and won last week. Last year, we went up there and turned it over on the first series, and then had to fight for our life to finally win it at the end. We have our work cut out for us." Samford will practice again Wednesday afternoon. The workout is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. at Seibert Stadium. Samford's game against Western Carolina is scheduled for a 2 p.m. kickoff Saturday from Seibert Stadium. The game can be heard locally on FM-99.5 The Vibe, or worldwide on the internet at The game can also be viewed online for free via Samford Sports TV at