PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – Offense wins games, defense wins championships is one of the most storied phrases in sport.

Often, the team that wins the third phase of football, wins and wins more often. Prairie View A&M football is looking to be special in special teams as 2018 training camp continued Wednesday afternoon.


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And while most focus the success rate of specials teams on punters and kickers, the other 10 players is where the real magic lies.


“That’s very important. The way we’re operating is to put major focus on all three phases,” said Prairie View A&M head coach Eric Dooley. “You can’t have a weak link in protection or in coverage. We’re not going to overlook special teams. It’s starts the game. Sometimes, it ends the game. We put a lot of emphasis on it every day in practice.”


The Panthers completed day six of practice as the calendar says August for the first time, with the August 25season opener at Rice ahead.


“It’s moving fast,” said Dooley of the calendar.  “I thought the guys still had a lot of energy. I know it’s hot out here, practicing in the afternoon at 4 p.m., but the guys didn’t complain. They buckled down and went after it. It’s been hot, but it’s hot for everybody. I’m pleased with the effort part of it. We just have to continue to execute in all phases and cut down on mental mistakes.

(Article and Photos Courtesy of Prairie View A&M University Athletics)


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