Georgia Southern’s football players and staff must have been pleasantly surprised when they received this year’s schedule for preseason practice.
They will have just one two-a-day and are not slated to don full pads until Aug. 15. All the practice sessions are scheduled for early in the morning or late at night.
It’s a training philosophy head coach Willie Fritz, now in his 23rd season of leading a football program, has developed over time, and it is almost a complete 180-degree turn from the three-a-day sessions he went through as a player. The idea is quality over quantity.
“Part of it is training smart,” Fritz said in a release. “People were overtraining -- getting less for working more. You have to start taking care of these guys’ bodies. When you start getting tired, you get bad habits and you are more susceptible to injuries.”
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The Eagles’ lone two-a-day will be Saturday, when they train at 8:15 a.m. before the Little Eagles Football Field Day and then come back for a night session at 7:45 p.m. Fritz says that particular night session will be more on the kicking game.
It’s not all fun and games, however, after the morning workout. After lunch, there are special teams meetings and weight training sessions and, after dinner, more meetings and usually a walk-through around 8:30 p.m.
“We won’t have any equipment on, and we’ll have a walk-through for a half-hour or 45 minutes,” Fritz said. “We’ll install the plays we’re going to run and the defenses we’ll be using the next day and then rep them at a walk-through pace.”