Mercer returned to Five Star Stadium on Thursday for its second preseason practice.
After dealing with high temperatures in their opening practice, the Bears caught a break Thursday as an early morning rain cooled things off.
Following a strong opening day of practice, Mercer carried the intensity over to the team’s final helmet-only session.
“I was extremely pleased with the effort (Thursday) and the retention from (Wednesday) after adding a lot of new things,” Mercer head coach Bobby Lamb said in a release. “Our guys understand the pace of practice that we need to be at and the intensity that is required at practice.”
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The Bears will practice in shells (helmets and shoulder pads) for the first time Friday morning, a move that Lamb feels that whole program is ready to make.
“Things change a little bit (Friday) once we put shoulder pads on, and our players are excited about that after banging shoulders the last few days,” Lamb said. “We put in our punt team coverage (Thursday), and (Friday) we plan on adding a kickoff team to continue to grow our special team segments while also making additions to our offensive and defensive playbooks early on.”