Weather alters practice plans

For the second time in a week Monsoons forced the Wildcat football team inside to practice. Lightning chased the Wildcats into McKale Center where the team went through a full workout.

At first the team went through a series of walk-throughs as they tried to wait out the storm. After nearly an hour it became apparent that everything would have to be done on the floor of the arena.

The Cats stretched then went through an 11-on-11 scrimmage at ¾ speed. It wasn't the great workout the coaches hoped for, but they did get some things accomplished.

"We were able to get some work done," Mike Stoops said. "We were able to concentrate on our running game."

The Cats focused almost entirely on the run game. The team threw one pass, but soon realized that throwing the ball could be a bit unsafe and after that they had the QB's simulate passing on play action.

There was little contact. In fact the coaches made sure that after Mike Bell was knocked down that there were no more players hitting the floor.

Almost every player on the roster saw some reps. The team allowed third stringers and walk-ons to get m ore than a handful of snaps.


*It was the team's first practice in full pads.

*Brad Wood lined up quite a bit in the slot. He got most of his work at tight end, but showed off the versatility that Stoops praised him for.

*Nic Costa saw a handful of snaps at QB. It was his most extensive work at QB of fall camp. Kris Heavner continued to receive the bulk of the work.

*The kickers could not do much inside, so they focused mainly on snaps and holding.

*John Abramo continues to be held out of practice. He did some stretching and then rode a stationary bike and did some work on the stair stepper. He is in a boot.

*The Cats' morning practice is closed to both the media and public. A nighttime scrimmage is open to the general public. Weather permitting it will be held at 6:30 at the stadium.

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