"Normally as the days go on they get less spirited," Rich Rodriguez said. "Today was more. I don’t know if it is because we had great weather or shorter practice, but they came to work and I was pleased with it.
"I think the intensity is probably as good for a fourth practice as we have had, if that makes sense. With no practice Sunday and Monday being the first day of pads, I expect Monday to be even better."
"I think more than anything else it is the atmosphere that the guys before have kind of created," Rodriguez said. "Every year it has gotten a little bit better and I think it is because they understand how we practice and how we go about our business.
"We don’t like to waste their time and everything is kind of short, quick, and intense. I find myself having to explain that a lot less now than I have each year and I think that is because the atmosphere has kind of taken hold."
"He had a great summer," Rodriguez said. "He is a whole lot bigger and stronger. He is ready to contribute at a couple of positions on defense and that’s good. I think he is hungry and he has got the size now to be an every down player."
"I think he played a large role last season and had pretty good success," Rodriguez said. "He is one that loves football and obviously he loves the weight room, he’s got about every record we’ve got. He will move around a little bit, but he is better in space now than I think he was a year ago."
"Unfortunately Carter Wood doesn’t look like he is going to be able to play because of injuries and medical," Rodriguez said. "It doesn’t look like Carter is going to be able to play at all. The doctors have told him it is going to be a chronic thing. I feel bad for him, but right now it doesn’t look good."