Practices #11 & 12
7:30-9:15 a.m. (Tuesday)
Days to Kickoff: 16
Current Owls Birthdays: none
Former Owls Birthdays: (August 16) Former All-SWC guard and four-year letterman (1992-95) Chris Cooley. (August 15) Former end and two-year letterman Howard Ayers (1963-64) and former offensive lineman Joe L. Davis (1997, 99-00).
In Brief: Technical issue caused rendered us unable to deliver a report on Monday, thus to multiple birthdays listed above. Tuesday saw a return to the morning practice schedule which will remain in place for the remainder of O-Week. Tuesday also saw a continuation of the recent weather pattern, forcing the Owls on to the turf at Rice Stadium and then forcing a premature end to drills in the 16th period because of lightning.
Anniversary of the Day: Two years ago today, David Bailiff and the Owls accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge from the parents of O.J. Brigance: https://youtu.be/fA8zxSn8kdw?list=PLWCcM2etYHnglZCHAyV44nnW7WfL9apfv
Quotes of the Day:
Running Back Jowan Davis: (after Monday's practice)"It was pretty good to get out there on Saturday and feel the real contact again. It's one thing during camp to be smart (about contact), but taking someone to the ground is real football. It was great to be doing the one thing I've wanted to do my whole life which is to play college football at the highest level. We were having fun. We didn't start the way we wanted to as an offense (during Red Zone period), but we picked it up and had great tempo. We were making plays left and right and feel like we came out on top. We had a bit of a rough one today, but every other day I feel like we've gotten better with each practice. I like the feeling we have this year. It's so much different than last year. Even when we are not at practice, everybody is together, laughing and joking around. We had some of that last year, but this year feels like everybody is on the same page. It's not just one group that is leading. You see a lot of the younger guys coaching each other up."
Defensive End Graysen Schantz : (after Tuesday's practice) "I'm excited to be back out there with the team, playing fast, playing hard. I ready for the season. You can't really think about that stuff (pacing yourself because of past injury). If you get hurt, you get hurt, but you have to play fast. The guys did well last year with what they had. They didn't have much experience, but now that everybody has a year under their belt, we're ready to get after them this year and really start putting the pressure on. I wish I could have been with them last year but that's in the past now and we have to move forward. I try to be a role model for the younger guys and someone to model their game after. I try to work hard and lead by example."
Up Next: O-Week activities come to Tudor Fieldhouse on Tuesday Night with the Rice Rally.