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First day of practice: St. Joe's (with video interviews)

Coach Dennis Gilbert closes the first day of practice by addressing the St. Joe's players. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)
If this post were a player, it would have had to run some serious laps. Here's some info from our stop -- albeit late -- from our visit to St. Joe's on Day One of practice.

St. Joe' went from 4-8 p.m., and I caught the end of practice, which included a LOT of running. Players went back and forth from sideline to sideline ... over and over and over. Coaching altruisms flew through the air. "The harder you go today, the easier it will be tomorrow." 

Obviously the major storyline in the preseason for St. Joe's is who will play quarterback following the graduation of Player of the Year Chad Kelly, who is at Clemson University.

Senior Tyler Hill is the starter; he spent last season backing up Kelly and knows the system. 

Take a listen to third-year coach Dennis Gilbert discuss life after Chad, Day One, and this year's QB ... then its junior standout Rod Payne's turn:

There's more info about St. Joe's in my Day One story from Tuesday's paper, one that kicked off our #preptalkpreseason.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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