The Colonels, who ended 2010 on a two-game winning streak, saw its first live-action of the preseason in the controlled scrimmage. In the first session, the team conducted 24 plays of 1st-and-10 situations at mid-field, followed by 24 first down plays in the redzone, where the field goal unit saw action every four plays.
After a quick intermission, the team split up with the offensive and defensive linemen working on drills while the rest of the squad performed 18 plays of 7-on-7 passing drills.
The scrimmage wrapped up with 14 plays of live-action in third down situations.
“I thought our scrimmage today was very productive in all phases,” Nicholls football head coach Charlie Stubbs said. “A big plus was that we got through the day with just bumps and bruises, no real significant injuries, which will allow us to continue to improve. We made some excellent plays on both sides of the ball and we were very competitive.”
Although no official score was kept, the scrimmage was refereed by NCAA officials, who are also gearing up for the upcoming season.
Following the intra-squad scrimmage, members of the Colonel program stuck around to hold its second annual Tillou’s Maniacs. Nearly 50 children from ages 7-12 participated in the free instructional clinic.
Along with partaking in several offensive and defensive drills, the kids were treated with free popsicles and a schedule poster.
“We enjoyed having the kids show up today,” said Coach Stubbs. “Not only was it very productive for them, but I think it’s a great way for us to make friends and generate support within the community.”
The Colonels will be back on the practice field in shells later on this evening for their eleventh practice of the fall. Nicholls opens up the season at home on Sept. 1 against Evangel University.