GREENVILLE - The Greenville Yellow Jackets football team began final preparation for its 2011 season on Monday.
Monday was the first day teams across the state could begin full team workouts. Greenville has already been having conditioning and workouts along with 7-on-7 passing camps.
“In my four years here I thought it was really good,” Greenville senior Chris Mickey said of summer workouts. “We’ve had a really productive summer this season.”
Day one was a good one, according to head coach Dave Moore.
“I thought the effort was awesome. That’s the most important thing,” he said. “If we have good effort, everything else will fall into place. It’s a learning day and not ever going to be perfect, but we expect the effort to be awesome.”
Practice began at 7:30 a.m. with a team meeting. They hit the field at 8 a.m. and practiced until 3 p.m., including lunch.
“Everyone was excited to be out here and the weather has been tremendous,” Moore said.
After a month or so of temperatures in the 90s, they reached a high in the lower 80s on Monday. Temperatures are expected to be in the lower to mid-70s later this week.
The first three days of camp are without pads. Pads will be worn on Thursday.
“This is teaching time for us. We are trying to make sure we install everything,” Moore said. “Nothing is new. Everything is just trying to build upon what they already know, things they did this summer and last year.”
Each practice is a mix of offense, defense and special teams.
“We do everything all day,” Moore said. “We do this every day all season long.”