a.m. Grass Practice Field
Days to Kickoff 26
Current Owls Birthdays: 0
Former Owls Birthdays: QB and team captain Robby Shelton (1966-68)
and offensive lineman Mike Applebaum (1989-92).
In Brief: A quick
turnaround after an evening practice on Thursday saw the special teamers back
on the practice field on Friday as the sun was just rising over campus. A few
issues with players cramping, but no major issues. Team continues to break in the new Patterson
Center and Friday afternoon will be their first time to hold lifting sessions in
the new weight room.
Quotes of the Day:
Defensive Lineman Zach Abercrumbia: "Last
year, I was a little naive to how much conditioning you need to play at this
level and to play well. Now I know what to expect, how the days are going to
go. I now know how long the days can be and that you have to tough it out. The
little things really matter, things I took for granted in high school. Things
like being sure to jump in the ice tub after practice, which is something I
didn't do that much last year. I learned that it definitely helps the recovery process.
That's a big thing I learned. You can't go 100% every day without helping your
body recover. I have told the new freshmen that things are not going to go the
way you think they will. You will have things that might not seem important,
but everything we do out here is for a reason, whether its stretching, the
extra work, the walk-throughs. I say walk-throughs, but they are extremely hard
mental reps. You have to stay focused to be in the right place at the right
time. When you get to this level, talent is everywhere. It's he guys who have technique and who give
the extra effort are the ones who will separate themselves from the rest."
Up Next: The team moves into a consistent schedule for the next week,
with workouts at 7:30 through next Friday, but the intensity ramps up a level
on Saturday morning as the Owls will pull on the shoulder pads for the first
time this camp.