Chants practice how they play

Conway, SC - By Justin Felder - bio | email

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Coastal Carolina football hopes a new style of scrimmage will have them more prepared come Saturday.

This preseason, the Chants have been making scrimmages as close to game days as possible, down to every detail.

"Everything we can do to help create a game environment will help carry over to the season so we'll be more game ready," CCU head coach David Bennett said.

This means coaches wear long pants, even in the heat. Players are in full uniform, go through the same pre-game warm-ups they would on game day and the team even takes the same type of halftime break as they normally would.

Some game day-like changes are tough, especially in the heat. The offense drew the short straw of wearing the teal jerseys Wednesday, making them a little warmer than the defense in their white jerseys.

"On these type of days, you have to block the heat out and focus on your assignments. Everyone's going to be hot, no matter if you wear teal or white," offensive lineman Seth Smalls said. "You have to just come out here and work hard."

Coastal hopes those small details will have them more prepared come the regular season.

"Today's game day," Bennett said. "Every day has to be game day, then it's natural on the real game day. Rather than, 'We're going to step it up on game day.' You need to step it up every day."

CCU opens their football season Sept. 4 at West Virginia.

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