CHARLESTON, S.C. - After a week of fall camp practices and the start of two-a-days, Charleston Southern is ready for its first scrimmage. The Bucs' offense and defense will square off Saturday at 3 p.m. at Buccaneer Field.
CSU began full contact practice earlier in the week and held two-a-day sessions on Wednesday and Friday as fall camp moves into full swing. First-year head coach Jamey Chadwell provided his early assessment of the Bucs to date.
"I've been pleased because I think we've had a good attitude," Chadwell said. "We hit the wall a little bit, as expected, while we try to push through some things."
"We're really just trying to see who's going to compete and who's going to do the things we want them to do from a technique standpoint, and who's out there playing hard," Chadwell continued. "Right now, we're still evaluating all the positions and everyone's going to get a chance to prove they should be on the bus in three weeks."
The Bucs' defense was eager to begin hitting Tuesday, and senior linebacker Adam Witzmann believes classmate Calvin Bryant and junior defensive tackle James Smith have helped set the tone for the unit.
"Among the linebackers, I would say Calvin Bryant has really stood out," Witzmann said. "He's really out there leading, playing with emotion and being physical. What we want with our defense is what he's showing."
"We're trying to hit teams in the mouth up front and James has been up there at nose tackle blowing things up and that's exactly what we need."
Chadwell has been impressed by his secondary early in camp. Seniors Elijah Lee and Damian Dixon have made their mark after missing spring practice. The Bucs' defensive backfield figures to be an area of strength in 2013, even without All-American cornerback Charles James. James, meanwhile, is set to make his NFL debut Saturday at 7:30 p.m. as the Giants meet the Steelers in the preseason opener for both squads.
Offensively, CSU is optimistic about its depth at running back and intrigued to see how the offensive line materializes around the new option attack. Freshman center Jackson Williamson has been one of several young players that have exhibited promise up front.