Head coach Jack Crowe called Jacksonville State's second practice of the season the beginning of "an installation cycle" following Saturday's two-hour workout.
"Day two is considerable different from day one, because that first look is just making sure the newcomers are what you expected," the 12th year head coach said. "A lot of young guys are finding an older guy to talk with just to get clarification on what's going on."
The Gamecocks worked out in helmets at 6:15 a.m. on Saturday, in a revised schedule for 2011 preseason to beat the extreme late afternoon temperatures.
Crowe said the first six practices will help identify which newcomers will become a factor on this year's team.
"Each day builds on the day before," said Crowe. "Not much repetition, but what you call 'hold a part teaching' and they are getting a big piece each day through the first six practices, which you call an installation cycle.
"You are able to find out which newcomers can absorb at a fast pace and it should be interesting," Crowe added.
"The film evaluation will show us what the consistent of the assignment was and we should start getting some separation with which of these new guys will be a factor. You never know, every year we have a newcomer that really defines himself, it was Cody (Blanchard) last year."
Blanchard was named the 2010 Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the year after averaging 39.5 yards per punt and also added 296 passing yards and eight touchdowns. The Leesburg, Ala., native will be remembered for scoring the game-tying pass on 4th and 30 against Ole Miss and then completing the two-point conversion pass to Calvin Middleton to give the Gamecocks its first-ever win over a SEC opponent in the season opener.
Jacksonville State will take Sunday off, before returning to the practice field on Monday at 6:15 a.m. The Gamecocks will practice in pads for the first time on Wednesday and will scrimmage next Saturday evening.