On the first day SCISA teams could begin preseason practice. Marcus Lattimore took a different course.
instead of holding a normal workout, Lattimore had his players on the field competing in the 40-yard sprint, standing broad jump and shuttle runs. Every player was timed with the Heathwood Hall coaching staff there with stop watch and clipboard in hand, almost like you would see at an NFL Pro Day.
Lattimore says he wanted to see if his players had made improvements over the summer after an aggressive strength and conditioning program. The first official practice is set for Friday and Lattimore will be running his first preseason as a head coach after years of participating in fall camp as a player.
"Fall camp is tough," Lattimore said.
"Fall camp is hard and I've done about 13 or 14 of them in my career. The one thing I can tell you is if a team comes together, this is the time when adversity is going to hit and you're not going to want to feel like being out here especially in Columbia, South Carolina when it's hot. It's humid. You've really got to push yourself. You've got to encourage your teammates to get up every single day at 6:30 and say 'Look, I'm coming to get better'."