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Austin Peay State University Governors Football set to don full pads for first time Friday


APSU Sports Information Office

Austin Peay State University Governors - APSUClarksville, TN – After four days and five practices, including two practices with helmets and shoulder pads, Austin Peay State University’s football team will go “full-pack” 9:00am, Friday at Morgan Brothers Soccer Field.

Football head coach Kirby Cannon is in his second Austin Peay season. (APSU Sports Information)

Football head coach Kirby Cannon is in his second Austin Peay season. (APSU Sports Information)

“You look forward to getting out of that pajama-like part of your fall practice,” APSU coach Kirby Cannon said.  “We look forward to seeing how we taught things. Sometimes when the contact increases the pressure increases and a lot of times some players demonstrate they perhaps don’t know what they are doing.

“There are a lot of reasons why putting on pads is important for us to find out where we are.”

It is especially important to a team that likely will see multiple young players rise on the depth chart. With nearly half the roster freshmen or redshirt freshmen, the contact work will determined greatly their respective lot for the 2014 season.

“Part of this game is being physical and the desire of being physical,” Cannon said. “Typically kids will play the game physical if they know what they are doing.  We are going to find out if we taught them well these first five practices.

“Certainly some of the freshmen will fall back from a mental side when the physical demand increases. I am looking forward to some of those guys showing us they do know what they are doing and enable us to identify those freshmen who are going to help us this year.”

The Govs are amidst their second summer/fall camp under Cannon. The head coach has been impressed with the team’s attentiveness to detail in the opening week, both on the field and in the respective learning settings.

“They have done a great job of being where the need to be, whether it has been organizing 100 men for meals and meetings at several different locations,” Cannon said. “We have had very little of that annoying tendency of being late or not being focused when they get there.

“They are a very easy group to coach so far and are very eager to learn.”

Video – Gino Roberson




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