Warm weather does not mean hot team

The Wildcats have had it too good. At least that is what Mike Stoops was thinking when he decided to move practice up by an hour.

Part of the reason to move up practice was an attempt to get the team to practice in warm weather. It was obviously the hottest and most humid practice session yet.

Maybe the heat had something to do with the style of play, because this was probably the sloppiest practice of camp.

"Today was not quite as good as we've had," Mike Stoops said. "We didn't practice as sharply today. Our intensity and focus was not what it has been, I guess. We sort of hit that wall. We moved practice up and with the heat, we just weren't as sharp."

The ball was spread around again in 7-on-7's. 11 different receivers caught passes, including a few names we haven't heard a lot from like Brandon Lopez, Rod Rivera and Travis Bell. Rob Gronkowski led the way with a trio of catches, while Terry Longbons and Bell each caught a pair of passes.

Willie Tuitama was 9-12, but threw a pick to Spencer Larsen, which was a bad throw plain and simple.

The 11-on-11 drills were a bit sloppy. The Cats did try to stretch the field and hot on a few long passes. Tuitama found David Roberts and Delashaun Dean deep, while Kris Heavner connected with Gronkowski on a long pass play.

Tyler Lyon was not so lucky, after completing three of his first four passes, he was intercepted by freshman Trevin Wade.

Of course the big story was the news that Louis Holmes had been arrested last month after an altercation in a Scottsdale nightclub. Although Stoops was not prepared to talk about any possible penalties, but did talk about his disappointment in the defensive end.

"Obviously, I'm very disappointed," Stoops said. "I don't have all the information; there are two sides to every story. We obviously don't condone fighting in any way. You can't win in those situations."


*The defense was experimenting with the safeties, mixing and matching personnel to try and find the best combination of athletes, not necessarily one free safety and one strong safety.

*Former Wildcat running back Clarence Farmer was on hand. At the end of practice he was tossing passes alongside Jimmy Bevell and showed off an accurate long ball.

*After a few days in pads, the Cats were back in shells. In part because they will have their first two-a-day tomorrow.

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