Valdosta, GA - Friends, former colleagues and now enemies were joined in one room all at once. Training camp is approaching and South Georgia high school football media day at the Rainwater Conference Center provided a tease for the upcoming season. But the new rules for the preseason were the bigger priority. It limits teams from practice time and practice quantity.
"Usually you're going twice, getting as many in as you can and going as long as you can," Thomasville Head Coach Richie Marsh said. "But, now, we got the regulations and you got to follow them and hopefully we get through a preseason and all the kids come out healthy."
"The bottom line is the kid's safety's first," Clinch County Head Coach Jim Dickerson said. "So, we're all concerned and none of us - we all want to win football games, but none of us want to go through the nightmare of harming a kid or certainly losing a kid. So, it's going to be some added responsibilities, but you know it's worth it."
But with those added responsibilities, it could affect a team's gameplan.
"You get a little more cautious about it, so you probably end up giving more breaks," Brooks County Head Coach Maurice Freeman said. "And you're not going to be in the shape you probably should be in the first game. So, we're still nervous about it."
Freeman joked that two things could interfere with his team's progress during training camp: girlfriends and cars. He said he's already lost two players because of it, but he still thinks the team's in good shape.
Training camp for Georgia high school football teams begins on August 1.