Football: Panthers go through first preseason practice Thursday

Football: Panthers go through first preseason practice Thursday

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The LaGrange College football team opened its 2017 preseason practice schedule Thursday at Callaway Stadium. 

First year head coach Steve Pardue and his coaching staff welcomed over 100 players to campus on Wednesday. The Panthers return 55 players from last season as they prepare for the 2017 season opener Sept. 2 against Birmingham-Southern in Callaway Stadium.

"The young guys have to get used to the tempo of practice we want to play at, but I thought their effort was good, obiviously they have a lot to learn in a short period of time," Pardue said. "We just have to learn how to practice. It's a starting point, as coaches we're going to be demanding every day to change the mentality."

The Panthers will practice in shoulder pads Saturday, then go full pads on Monday.