ROME, Ga. — The preparation for the program’s 10th season began Monday afternoon when the Shorter Hawks began their spring drills at Ben Brady Field.
Hitting the turf under near-perfect Spring-like conditions, more than 60 players quickly got into practice mode under the direction of head coach Phil Jones and the Hawks’ coaching staff, establishing a foundation for what will take place over the next four weeks when Shorter will hold its 15 sessions.
After the team opened the first practice stretching and loosening up, the Hawks immediately jumped into individual position groups, each focusing on improving their techniques and skills.
“We know we have a lot of work to do,” Jones said about the blue-collar ethic the team has.
The Hawks will be looking to add more depth to an already-talented group of offensive skill players and along the offensive and defensive lines, while the Shorter defense will begin adjusting to a new scheme that first-year defensive coordinator Julius Dixon will implment this spring and have in place by the time the spring game arrives on April 5.
“I really think they’re ready to go,” said Jones, who will see the Hawks kick-off their historic 10 th season at home on Thursday night, Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Barron Stadium against Division II and SIAC newcomer Paine College.
“They’re doing more in their actions than they are talking,” he said. “We all know that the Gulf South Conference teams aren’t waiting for us to catch up.”