MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) -It might be January but we’re already talking Coastal Carolina Football. Jamey Chadwell and the Chanticleers wasting no time preparing for the 2021 season by kicking off spring practice on Wednesday, one month after playing in the Cure Bowl.
I’m sure many of you are wondering, why is the team already back on the field practicing with not much of an off-season? Well, there are plenty of factors into the early start of practice, something Jamey Chadwell has been accustomed of doing throughout his coaching career. Last season the Chants started spring during the first week of February and were just one of two FBS teams to get in all 15 practices.
The early start allows for more carryover from the previous year especially with how far this team advanced. Also, should a player suffer an injury, it allows them more time to rehab leading into next fall. Changes to the academic calendar also played a part, but ultimately Chadwell knew getting on the field today was the right move.
“I’m a big believer that the earlier start, there’s a lot of benefits to it,” Chadwell admitted. “Obviously it was raining today but the guys had a great attitude and we had some young guys. We have seven mid-year enrollees that are ready to get out as well so you have a chance to see them. It helps us get ready for our journey in 2021. Last year is over and I wanted to get that washed away quickly so we can start building and get our team ready to go for this upcoming season.”
Coming off their best season since joining the FBS, the expectations are high for the Chanticleers to one up what they were able to do last fall.
The ingredients are certainly there. The quarterback situation is stable unlike years past and a number of senior leaders are back to try and run it back next fall.
But, there’s always work to be done as the Chants are now looked at as the hunted instead of the hunters in the Sun Belt. Coastal linebacker Teddy Gallagher reiterated that it was that hard work that propelled him and his team to the heights they reached last season.
The Chants’ mantra for this spring as they aim to take another leap forward is simple. Be better.
“The year before we lost those games at the end of the game and we preached the whole offseason, finishing games and paying attention to details,” said Gallagher. “I wouldn’t really say it was magic, it was the hard work that went into it. Our word for this spring right now is better. Get one percent better everyday. I wouldn’t say it was magic. I think we’ll be able to play better than we did this past season.”
“This spring with the young guys coming in trying to get those guys reps and get them comfortable with the offense,” said CCU quarterback Grayson McCall. “We’re really focusing on holding onto the ball, limiting turnovers, limiting our mistakes and just being the best we can be.”
Coastal Carolina will continue practices over the next three weeks leading up to its spring game set for Thursday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Brooks Stadium.