MONTGOMERY, Ala. – After getting beaten up by its defensive counterparts on the first day of full pads, the Faulkner offense recovered with strong showings late in the week as the Eagles prepared for their first scrimmage of fall drills. Brent Barker's team practiced in shorts and helmets early Friday morning, putting the finishing touches on the opening week of workouts. The team will scrimmage Saturday morning at 9 at John Mark Stallings Field.
The scrimmage is open to the public.
"Our offense came out and did really well after that first day," said Barker, who plans for Saturday's scrimmage to last an hour and a half. "I told the team this morning how pleased we are with the intensity and physicality this first week. To be honest, our staff was talking about ways to tone it down a bit. When our best on both sides of the ball are going at it, it's been really ferocious. We've got some big bodies flying around, and something has to give."
"Greg has been incredible – our guys have had a really tough time defending him," Barker said. "And Josh is being Josh, making good decisions and getting the ball where it needs to be."
Barker said another South Alabama transfer – junior running back Demetre Baker – has also been impressive in early work, as have senior returning backs Triston McCathern and David Amos. Junior running back D.J. Box, who has battled injuries much of his career, appears healthy, and had a long run after a reception at Thursday's practice.
"Our offensive line was much better later in the week as well," Barker said. "All in all, it has been a great start to fall practice. Saturday morning we want to get everyone on film so as a staff we can really do some evaluation. We've got more depth on this roster than we've ever had, and we're going to have some tough decisions to make in our two- and three-deep depth charts."
Faulkner opens its season at on Aug. 31 against Webber International at JMS Field. The game kicks off at 7 p.m.