Paladins Set For First Practice Tuesday

Antonio Wilcox
Antonio Wilcox

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- New Furman head coach Clay Hendrix will lead his 2017 Paladins onto the practice field for the first time Tuesday in preparation for the squad's Sept. 2 season opener at Wofford.

Approximately 94 players in shorts and helmets will take part in the preseason's inaugural practice beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the Bob King Practice Field Complex.

"A lot of work has gone into getting us to this point, and now it's time to transfer that effort onto the field," said Hendrix on Monday after welcoming his squad to campus.  "We're ready to get started."

Hendrix, the former Paladin offensive guard and long-time Furman assistant coach (1988-06) who assumed the program's reins in late December following 10 years as an assistant coach at Air Force, counts 12 returning starters on this year's unit, highlighted by senior quarterback P.J. Blazejowski, senior All-SoCon center Matthew Schmidt, and senior preseason all-conference running back Antonio Wilcox.  Defensively the top returnees include redshirt junior all-conference nose guard Jaylan Reid, outside linebacker Joe Farrar, and safety Aaquil Annoor , a junior and preseason all-league choice.

Furman's Mast General Store-Ingles FanFest is set for Saturday, Aug. 19 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Fluor Field in downtown Greenville.

Times of all Furman practices are subject to change due to weather and other considerations.

Furman Preseason Practice Schedule

Aug. 1 — 2:00 p.m.
Aug. 2 — 2:00 p.m.
Aug. 3 — 2:00 p.m.
Aug. 4 — 2:00 p.m.
Aug. 5 — 2:00 p.m.
Aug. 6 — Off
Aug. 7 — 2:00 p.m.
Aug. 8 — 2:00 p.m.
Aug. 9 — 2:00 p.m.
Aug. 10 — 2:00 p.m.
Aug. 11 — 2:00 p.m.
Aug. 12 — 1:00 p.m. (Scrimmage)
Aug. 13 — Off
Aug. 14 — 8:30 a.m.
Aug. 15 — 8:30 a.m.
Aug. 16 — 8:30 a.m.
Aug. 17 — 8:30 a.m.
Aug. 18 — 9:30 a.m.
Aug. 19 — 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Scrimmage @ Sirrine Stadium); 5:30-7:00 (FanFest @ Fluor Field)