The Gamecocks reached another mark in the new Shane Beamer era with their first spring practice on Saturday as they were dressed in helmets and shorts in unseasonably cool weather. It was the first of 15 practices this spring for South Carolina.

“First of all, the energy was great,” Beamer said, per Gamecocks Online. “It was awesome being out here. Having a chance to get back out on the field with the guys and doing what we love was awesome. And honestly, I was really impressed with — and it’s a credit to our staff — the efficiency and organization. It didn’t look like we didn’t know what we were doing. It was really crisp and the effort was good. Obviously, there’s a lot to clean up, but we’re excited to be back out here.”

His wife, children and parents were all on hand for what Beamer described as an incredible experience personally.

“Surreal,” Beamer said. “I could hardly sleep last night. I was excited this morning. To walk out here as the head coach at my dream job was really awesome. Obviously, there was a task to be done, so I was certainly focused on that, but a lot of emotions. Having my family out here was pretty cool as well.”

Beamer confirmed the addition of former Gamecock and NFL Pro Bowler Patrick DiMarco to the football staff. DiMarco will serve as Football Analyst and Assistant Director of Football Relations.

Transfer quarterback Jason Brown was not at practice because of an illness. Freshman defensive lineman Nick Barrett is now wearing number 93.