Teams across Georgia were allowed to practice in pads starting August 1st.
They were allowed to practice three times a week this summer and had to conduct five mandatory conditioning practices before they were allowed to put on the pads.
Count 4-star Westover High defensive tackle Trenton Thompson as one person who is happy they are wearing pads.
"We can hit people now," Thompson said. "Instead of just wrapping up, now you have to take your licks now, you can't run away now."
Despite many players and coaches being excited to put on the pads, injuries remain a concern.
"We all know that injuries are about of the game of football," Westover head coach Octavia Smith said. "Everyday we just hope and pray that we get through the day without anybody getting seriously injured. We try to take precautionary measures in terms of teaching them the proper technique for tackling so that these serious injuries do not occur."
At Deerfield-Windor, spots are not solidified in the starting 11 on either side. In order for players to lock in spots, the must remain injury free but yet be physical in practice.
"They're trying right now to get the right to play," said head coach Allen Lowe. "They know there are certain things they have to get through physically in order to play football on Friday nights."
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