Aug. 6, 2012
After a pair of introductory practices in helmets and shorts, the Rice Owls filled Rice Stadium with the sounds of popping pads as they donned shoulder pads for the first time during their 2012 Fall Camp.
Rice head coach David Bailiff said he and the staff had been pleased with the efforts during the first two practices, but knew that the introduction of shoulder pads to the mix meant that Monday morning's workout would be far more revealing.
"There's a definite change in the mentality of the drills when they pull those pads on," Bailiff said. "The first two days you have to throttle them down a bit to keep them healthy. When they come out here on Day One, they haven't had any real football at a team since the spring. You're moving them around and working on scheme, but at the same time you're doing everything to avoid any unnecessary bumps.
"Today, there's much more football mentality to the drills and you're able work on the things you can't do the first two days," Bailiff added.
One of the primary areas of interest to the staff was to see how the incoming class of recruits reacted to their first time in pads.
"It's fun to watch the freshmen, because this is our first opportunity to work with them," Bailiff said. "Dennis Parks was someone who just jumped out in the first two practices with his speed, his athleticism and his knowledge of the game. But you always wonder what he's going to be like once they put on the pads. He got to run some routes today and get bumped around a little and he's still jumping off the page at you," he stated.
"Every now and then, that's not what happens, so it was good to see him maintain what he was doing," Bailiff continued. "The same with Derek Brown, Brandon Hamilton, and I could go on from there. You really see what a great job Coach K (Jared Kaaiohelo) and his staff did with them this summer. We're in great shape. We're not grinding through these practices. We're out here with a lot of enthusiasm from start to finish.
After concluding the 18 periods of work on Monday morning, Bailiff was pleased to see how his Owls attacked their work schedule.
"I am really pleased where we are after the first three days," he noted. "They've come out here with a great attitude and a blue-collar mentality. When they make mistakes, they put it behind them and keep getting better for August 30. "
Opener Moves to September 1
04/08/2016 - The Rice Owls’ 2016 football season opener against defending Conference USA champion Western Kentucky has moved from Sept. 3 to Thursday,...
Owls Announce 2016 Honor Jerseys
04/07/2016 - Three current members of the Rice Owls will don new jersey numbers for the first time during Friday’s Blue-Gray game as they honor three past...
Okam Named Defensive Line Coach
03/29/2016 - Rice head football coach David Bailiff announced on Tuesday that former Houston Texans defensive tackle Frank Okam has been promoted to defensive...
Football Holds Second Scrimmage of the Spring
03/24/2016 - The Rice football team completed its second scrimmage of spring camp Thursday afternoon.
Rice and Houston Add Football Games in 2020 & 2021
03/21/2016 - The Rice Owls and Houston Cougars, who will resume their cross-town series in 2017 and 2018, have agreed to continue the series with games in 2020 ...
Football Holds First Scrimmage of the Spring
03/18/2016 - The Rice football team completed its first scrimmage of spring camp Friday afternoon.
Spring Practice Update: The Quarterbacks
03/18/2016 - With one week of practice in the books, RiceOwls.com visited with all three quarterbacks for the Owls for an update.
2016 Spring Game Features New Fan Experience...
03/17/2016 - Rice Football fans have a chance to join in the fun as the Owls wrap up their spring drills with the annual Blue-Gray Game by registering for one...
- Top Videos /
- Online Store