VALDOSTA -- The Colquitt County High football staff is doing everything it can to make sure its players have plenty of fluids during its five days of camp at Valdosta State University.
But the preparations for ensuring the Packers are properly hydrated actually started last week.
When the final practice in shorts, T-shirts and helmets was completed last Friday, Packers coach Mike Singletary told the players to make sure they drank plenty of fluids over the weekend to get them ready for camp, which features four-a-day practices Monday through Thursday.
Athletic trainer Stacie Griffin has tried to ensure the players have had plenty of water and Gatorade since they have been in Valdosta.
Griffin said she took three cases of Gatorade that she mixes and makes available to the 95 players and coaching staff.
When the team leaves the field following each practice, there is a 10-gallon container of Gatorade available for each class: freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.
"That 40 gallons we'll have tonight," Griffin said during a break in Tuesday night's scrimmage.
And there are other ways that Griffin encourages the players to take and retain fluids.
There is a Gatorade available in the lobby of the Valdsota dormitory in which the team is staying and the players are urged to partake.
And the players also are encouraged to salt their food so that they will be able to better retain the fluids in their body.
Lots of stretching before and after practices and plenty of fluids has helped keep the players on the field.
"We've had very little cramping," Griffin said.
Singletary reiterated that one of his goals for the five days at Valdosta State is to identify some defensive lineman.
When asked how the first two days of camp have gone, Singletary, starting his fifth season as the Packers head coach, said, "Most of it has been good.
"We've still got to find some defensive linemen. That's our big thing now."
Defensive coordinator Jimmy Francis used a number of combinations on the defensive front in Tuesday's scrimmage. Among those getting long looks on the line were sophomores Javaris Jackson, Brandon Richards, Cory Jordan and Antonio Sutton; juniors Brandon Walton and Bart Sims; and seniors Antonio Corbin and Darien Perry.
Sims is the most experienced of the group. Jackson is the brother of former Packers All-Region defensive lineman Isaac Jackson.