7:30-9:35 a.m. Grass Practice Field
Days to Kickoff 23
Current Owls Birthdays: Cornerback Lawrence Cimmino (21) and kicker Kevin Tracy (21)
Former Owls Birthdays: Two former Owls cornerbacks: Two-year letterman (81-82) Antoine Arbuckle and four-year letterman (1988-91) and 1988 Lipscomb Award winner Terry Thornton.
Special Guests: Former running back/H-back Jeremy Eddington and former Texans first round selection Travis Johnson.
Notable: The branding marks outside the Patterson Center are now in place and late this afternoon, the new Daktronics video board flashed to life for the first time.
In Brief: The deadest of calms hung over the practice field as the Owls emerged from the Patterson Center for their first day in full pads. But despite the intense level of mugginess in the still air, head coach David Bailiff praised the team at the end of the workout for their sustained effort through all 19 periods.
Quote of the Day:
Tight End Robby Wells III: "It (adding 30 pounds to his frame during a redshirt year) has given me a lot more confidence about my physical abilities especially when it comes to blocking or coming inside the trenches and taking on a linebacker. I have more strength to rely on and my technique has gotten better. I have this opportunity now and I want to help the team any way I can. I need to take advantage of this opportunity. At the end of the day, I felt a lot more confident coming into camp and I think it's been going well so far. I'm excited for this season and how far this team can go. It's definitely a lot easier to move some of those bigger bodies around. Blaine Padgett is a huge guy and last year it was a struggle for me to block him. This year it's a lot more doable. I've noticed it's a lot easier to block my guys now. It's taken some getting used to when it comes to the tempo of the offense and running the routes, but overall it feels great and I'm glad I was able to get to the weight the coaches wanted. It's made me a much better player. Two years ago, I could tell people I used to play quarterback and they would say they could see that. But now people would say 'no way!' I love the tight end position and Coach Sloan is so awesome to learn from. I owe it to the coaches who put the faith in me that I could have made this switch. I'm definitely glad I did."
Shameless Plug: With 175 live viewers and nearly as many replays as of this posting, the "Morning Stretch" continues to be a popular way to start the morning with the Owls on Periscope. Ours is not to explain or evaluate, just to take our spot on the field each morning and respond to requests from family and friends to seek out their favorites for an up close glimpse.
Up Next: Night Two of Karaoke will have a tough standard to match as freshman Myles Adams set the bar high on the opening night. No matter the level of entertainment provided, A good night's sleep will be the goal with a pair of practices set for Wednesday.