7:30-9:35 a.m. Grass Practice Field
Days to Kickoff 22Former Owls Birthdays: Two-year letterman Gary Poage (1960-61), who led the Owls in catches in 1961.
Special Guests: Former Owl and current Houston Texans defensive tackle Christian Covington
In Brief: The Owls hit the field this morning for the first of two practices today. Coach Bailiff continues to be impressed with the team's work ethic and play on the field.
Quote of the Day:
Defensive Tackle Preston Gordon: "I feel real comfortable. I also feel like I'm in a position where I can help those who are in my position (last year), where they may be a little uncomfortable. I think I have a responsibility to help guys like Myles (Adams) and Will (Phillips). I can help them understand that the game is not too fast, too get on board and that they can play. (Last year) I grew more comfortable with the team. They integrated me in. The game was kind of fast when I started. As the season went on, I got more comfortable. I try to get as many guys as I can and I feed off of other guy's energy."
Quote of the Day II:
Head Coach David Bailiff: "I have really liked (the player's) worth ethic and the way they've come out here. They've come out here with a great mental attitude. They're crisp. They're sharp. They're focused. What I really like is how our seniors are encouraging the young guys. You see them coaching the guys, trying to accelerate they're learning out here. I'm pleased with the ball security. I'm pleased with how hard the defense is chasing the football. This is our first day of two-a-days so we took a little bit off of them, knowing that they have to come back and have another go at this."
Shameless Plug: Tune in each morning of training camp to the "Morning Stretch" with the Rice Owls on Periscope. The audience keeps growing and we do take requests if you have a favorite player you want to see in action.
Up Next: The Owls conclude their first day of two-a-days with a walk-through tonight at 5 p.m.