CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern redshirt junior linebacker J.D. Sosebee reflected on the 2019 Spring Football season as the All-Conference linebacker and CSU Sports spring intern recapped his first opportunity to play under Coach Autry Denson.
"For me being a senior and this being my last spring of football is a bittersweet feeling," Sosebee said. "I can still remember my first spring practice after my freshman season trying to make a name for myself after losing a talented linebacker in Aaron Brown that I had to replace."
Over his last few seasons with the Bucs, the veteran has learned how to approach each season of his playing career and the importance of rest and understanding what is expected.
"From that point (my freshman year) until now, I have learned how vital spring practice is to the upcoming season," he laughed. "It is a time to sharpen up your technique and skills before fall camp and a time to really start to get the grasp of the playbook for the younger players."
Heading into his fifth year with the Bucs this upcoming fall, Sosebee has noticed how his relationship has adjusted since his first year at CSU.
"Being a senior, I can start to help the younger players and really be more of a coach as well as a player," he said. "This spring has been different than other spring of course due to a lot of changes that have happened over the course of the past months. I'm really glad to have Coach Denson and his staff here to really shift the program."
The offense's shift to a passing attack has Sosebee excited about this upcoming season. Having the offense on the field for an extended period will help the defense continue to press as one of the conference's elite units.
"I'm really excited to see what the season holds as far as a new scheme on offense," he commented. "Just being a part of practice and going against them every day, I can see the opportunity to score more points this season in this type of offense. We spread the ball around a lot more which can give our playmakers more opportunities to do what they do."
Another aspect of this spring that was different this year was the pace of practice. The constant motion and movement were highly appreciated by the rising senior linebacker.
"Coach Denson wants us moving at all times while on the field and the time of practice is cut shorter because of the fact that we are moving so much faster," Sosebee commented. "We can get more work done in a shorter time which I love."
At the end of the day, football, particularly in the spring season, is known for bringing the team together as a family.
"This spring is also bringing us closer together as a team," Sosebee said. "Helping us understand that it's not about me but about us as a whole. Having this mindset, I really believe we will go really far this season."
The Bucs wrapped up the 2019 spring season with their April 13 Spring Game. CSU will refocus over the summer with workouts in preparations for its August 31 season opener at Furman.