What a difference a day will make in college football.
Especially when your talking about fall football camp. Coach Hugh Freeze was visibly disappointed in his team's effort and enthusiasm on Saturday.
On Sunday he couldn't be happier.
The first year head coach of the Red Wolves challenged his team on Saturday, letting them know that they would run sprints at the end of every practice if they didn't turn in an outstanding effort during practice time.
They ran Saturday after practice, they didn't on Sunday.
"Really enjoyed it thought it was great," Freeze said. "I thought the energy and attitude was super."
He admitted that they responded well to his challenge on Saturday.
"Outstanding, we cut it two periods today," Freeze said. "I tell them all the time, the type of practice we want to have, we don't need conditioning if they give it to us during practice. We didn't run tonight."
Offensively speaking Freeze couldn't be happier.
"Offensively it was a good night," Freeze said. "We got a lot better on some things on offense. Inside run we got some gashes, haven't done that a lot this season yet. It was good to see."
Freeze was pleased with the offense's inside run drills along with completing some big plays. Sir Gregory received some praise from Freeze.
"He is running with a little extra burst," Freeze said. "He is healthy and he is doing well."
Monday's practice will be the first day in full pads for the Red Wolves, Freeze said that a lot of things won't change.
"We will be a little more physical the last five periods," Freeze said. "Other than a lot of stuff won't change much. We will tackle to the ground for a couple of periods. We will have some competition at the end."
The offense protecting their quarterback
Someone touched Ryan Aplin, Aplin fell to the ground and one of his offensive lineman responded. That's how Coach Freeze described the mid field scrap that took place Sunday evening.
"They were taking up for their quarterback, the offense and defense went at it for a few minutes. I was right in the middle of it, hoping that I didn't get an elbow. That was basically all it was to it."
"Everyone knows that we are brand new upfront," Freeze said. "We haven't arrived yet for sure, but we are getting better. Guys are learning stuff, some of their heads are spinning."
Special Team competition
The punters really were hitting them well today, wouldn't be surprised if we didn't use two guys at punter and may use two guys at the kicker position. Freeze will be involved with punt and punt return units. Artez Brown according to Freeze looked as smooth as silk at returning punts so far.
"It's a great competition. We can't have enough of those guys. I thought Jermaine Robertson did well tonight. All those guys will get their shot this fall. Sir Gregory is running well, Frankie Jackson is having a good camp. If one of those guys tweaks a toe they are out, so we need all the guys at that position."
Defensive line thoughts
"I love the way they are getting off the ball," Freeze said. "Kiffin is doing a great job with them."
Josh Jarboe was seen on the sidelines in an arm sling, Freeze said he tried to outrace him in the pool last night and tweaked his arm.
DE Justin Robertson was taken off the game field by ambulance, no report on the severity of it at this time.