"I can tell you that one of them is warmer than the other," said Alfred Davis, team captain and defensive tackle. "We spent the first part on the grass surface and it was quite a few degrees warmer when we moved to the other field."
Assistant coach Steve Caldwell said it's a beautiful facility, but there were a few things that were a little different.
"Frankly, I was lost at first," Caldwell said. "It was exciting, but it was a whole new place."
Caldwell, who coaches defensive ends and coordinates special teams, was asked about his evaluation of the video from the Saturday night scrimmage. He wasn't pleased about the way the offense dominated at the outset.
"We got better as we went along, but we were not happy with the (defensive) start," he said. "We did get better and our offense is very good."
Caldwell said it wasn't a good night for the defensive ends. He thought both Trey Flowers and Chris Smith had performed better in the scrimmage the previous week. And he said the backups, Austin Flynn and Colton Miles-Nash, were disappointing.
"I think Trey is going to be unreal," Caldwell said. "Chris wasn't as good as in the previous Saturday. I told Austin and Colton that I was disappointed. They were not as productive as they had been."
As far as the group of highly regarded freshmen, Caldwell said it's still a "tossup" as to which ones might play this year or redshirt.
"We are going to keep them hungry and then make a decision before Sept. 1 (for the opener)," Caldwell said.
Running back Dennis Johnson returned to practice after missing several days last week after the death of his grandmother. Safety Eric Bennett and linebacker Alonzo Highsmith both practiced on a limited basis, but linebacker Tenarius Wright was still out on Monday.
"Eric went through most of the practice," Caldwell said. "Highsmith went through part of it. We hope Tank is back tomorrow depending on how thing went today."
Caldwell said Johnson continues to work as the lead punt return specialist. Keante Minor was the up back in front of Joe Adams last year, but has been battling an injury during camp.
"Who will be the second guy, I'm not sure," Caldwell said. "With Minor out, we've looked at others there, including Kaelon Kelleybrew."
Johnson will be joined by Ronnie Wingo as the deep backs on kickoff return.
There has been some media debate -- and among fans -- about the decision not to put running back Knile Davis in any of the fall scrimmages. Davis missed last season with a broken ankle.
"Don't worry about it," said Alfred Davis, defensive tackle and team captain. "He's going to play football when we start the season. We all know that.
"I can tell you what's going to happen. It's probably going to hurt the first five or six times he gets tackled, then it won't any more. That's all it takes."
Davis said the defense wasn't happy with the way the scrimmage went Saturday.
"I can tell you what we found out, we are not where we want to be," Davis said. "Every defense strives to be the best in the country. That's our goal and we aren't there yet. But we fought back and we didn't lie down. We kept playing."
Assistant coach Bobby Allen said there were winning plays, but not enough. He did like what he saw from starting cornerback Darius Winston.
"That's two straight scrimmages that Darius hasn't given up the deep ball," Allen said, who noted that starter Tevin Mitchel did win some battles against bell cow receiver Cobi Hamilton.
"For Tevin to go against Cobi every snap is helping him with his fundamentals. He's winning some plays. Tevin has made steady progress in camp. We definitely see a growth spurt from Tevin. He's going forward."
Winston's progress has been in the physical way he plays the run, too.
"Early in the scrimmage, they ran the three-step route on him and he came up was aggressive and drove the receiver back," Allen said. "He's becoming a much better tackler. Compared to one year ago, Darius has made a lot of improvement in his tackling."
Allen said the tackling in the open field has improved in camp.
"There were a couple of missed tackles in the scrimmage and so we have room to improve," Allen said. "But our fundamentals in the open field are getting better."