The team was up at 5 a.m., hitting the field before 6 for a chilly morning scrimmage called when several players told coaches their class schedule created conflicts.
“It took a lot out of me to wake up that early,” said running back Frank Warren. “I know it was cold this morning, too. But a lot people have missed practice during the afternoon because of classes, so Coach (Rod Broadway) changed the practice time because he didn’t want anybody missing the scrimmage.”
There followed a vigorous session, despite the early call.
“It was a little cold, but it made sense why we were out there,” said returner/wide receiver Kiare Thompson.
Scheduling problems have kept several players out of the rotation for some spring practices, including starting quarterback Greg Dillon, and that not only alters the natural rhythm of repetition but creates gaps in teaching. Players said working with the full squad on the field meant more than having to reset the alarm clock.
“It sounds crazy, but I’d rather do it like this, because we have been having some class conflicts in the afternoons,” said fullback Dante Cheek. “Nobody was late. We had a scrimmage, so everyone was ready to play.”