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Practice starts Friday for 2016 football campaign


PC Football Players Report Wednesday, Open Practice on Friday


Presbyterian College football players are scheduled to report to campus on Wednesday, as the team gets set to open preseason practice on Friday afternoon in preparation for the 2016 season.

The Blue Hose will head out to the practice fields in shorts and helmets on Friday and Saturday, before adding shoulder pads for practice on Sunday and Monday. The team will go full pads for the first time on Tuesday.

PC head coach Harold Nichols, beginning his eighth season at the helm of the program, welcomes back 55 lettermen and 12 starters from last season’s squad, including seven on the offensive side of the ball.

Preseason All-Big South players Darrell Bridges (1,065 rushing yards, 8 TDs in 2015) and Joseph Purter (8 receptions, 103 yards in ‘15) highlight the returners on offense. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Ben Cheek (5 starts, 277 passing yards, 2 TDs in ‘15) also returns to lead the offense, while wideouts Daryl Wilson (11 receptions, 184 yards in ‘15) and DaShawn Davis (9 receptions, 82 yards, 2 TDs in ‘15) will be counted on in the passing game.

Defensively, PC will replace six starters from last season’s squad, including three All-Big South players. Preseason All-Big South pick Obinna Ntiasagwe (41 tackles, 7.0 TFLs, 5.5 sacks in ’15) will help lead a stout defensive line unit that includes Curtis Bey, Kamren Mack, Khari Rosier and Gyasi Yeldell. Senior safety Kevin Green (46 tackles, 2.5 TFLs, 1.0 sacks in ’15) and junior defensive back Steve Osondu (32 tackles, 3.5 TFLs in ’15) look to lead the squad in the secondary.

Sophomore kicker Brett Norton returns after a solid freshman campaign. He converted 6-of-10 field goal attempts last season and was a perfect 17-for-17 on PATs.

PC will face one of the toughest schedules at the FCS level this season. The Blue Hose take on a pair of FBS programs that played in bowl games last season and three teams that competed in the FCS Playoffs. In addition, PC will go on the road for seven of its 11 contests, including the first three games of the season.

All 11 games will be available on a video platform this season. PC is currently slated to have games broadcast on ESPN3, the Big South Network and the American Sports Network in 2016. The Blue Hose open the season in 29 days at Central Michigan in the first ever meeting between the two programs.


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