The Southern football team took to the practice fields Monday with plenty of enthusiasm, energized by the fact that game week is finally here.
“We’re just ready to go up against someone other than our own team,” co-offensive coordinator Chad Germany said.
The Jaguars practiced in full pads with a heavy emphasis on special teams. Coach Dawson Odums said sophomore place-kicker Greg Pittman holds a slight advantage over senior Matt Hill.
The Jaguars are also excited about the environment they’ll get to experience Friday night.
“From the type of field we practice on to going inside to Reliant Stadium with great turf, great surroundings and a great environment,” Odums said. “It will feel like a great football atmosphere to us. I really think it’s a win-win for everybody.”
Odums said he feels his team is prepared to deal with any distractions that come with playing in an NFL stadium.
“I think the guys that we’ll put out there, the atmosphere won’t affect them,” Odums said. “They all understand that the field is the same as it is here. They understand not to be focused on the distractions around them.”
Additionally, Odum’s perceives this Friday’s season-opener as a chance for several of his players to showcase their talents against an FBS opponent in the American Athletic Conference representative Houston Cougars.
“A lot of our guys can play football at a higher level that didn’t get the opportunity to do so,” Odums said. “And this is a great way for them to go prove themselves.”
Sophomore defensive end Donald Phillips remained out of practiced Monday, nursing a leg injury.
Phillips’ availability for Friday’s season opener against Houston remains in question.