But it wasn't and neither was he.
Petrino said the first full pad practice of the fall was good for the first 60 percent of the morning, but lagged over the last 40 percent. He said the team tired and didn't finish well. He said that must improve.
The team will get a chance to prove it can finish twice on Tuesday. It's the first of two-a-day practices.
Jake Bequette was back at practice. He looked a little tight with his shoulder perhaps taped heavily. He worked with the second team with Damario Ambrose taking the snaps with the first unit at defensive end.
Petrino said the shuffling at linebacker with Tenarius Wright, Bret Harris and Jerico Nelson moving to the first unit was to remind everyone that there is competition and that if you don't perform (as was apparently the case Sunday) someone will move ahead of you. Jerry Franklin, Wendel Davis and Freddy Burton worked with the second unit. Both linebacker groups seemed to have better days.
Petrino said the quarterbacks had decent days, but accuracy could still be better. Petrino praised running backs Michael Smith, Ronnie Wingo, Dennis Johnson and De'Anthony Curtis. Petrino said Broderick Green needs to run with more power, more authority "for a big man."
Green was bothered a bit by a sore hamstring. When asked about that, Petrino said, "Everyone has something that's bothering them a little. You have to understand the difference between pain and injury."
The first real contact of the day started with a "blood pit" drill that matched two offensive linemen with two defensive lineman and one running back. The offensive line seemed to handle things well. It's a drill that probably is weighted to the offense.
Tim Horton said the offensive backfield has been doing well, especially in the assignment category. He said the blitz pickup sessions have been much better than this time last year when there were few backs who knew assignments. Horton said, "When people came after us early in the year, we didn't know how to handle it. We should be better in that area right now and we are."
Horton praised Wingo's toughness and desire for contact. He said he showed nice positive signs in that area. He also praised Dennis Johnson's effort and toughness and knowledge of assignments.
Offensive guard Grant Cook thought the first day of full pads was exciting. He said, "You work in the weight room all summer, you do everything to gear up for this day. You want to put on those pads. I'm not sure we did everything exactly right, but it was a good day. The offensive line was excited and ready to go. I'm sure there is plenty to improve, but it was good to get out there with all the gear."
Offensive tackle DeMarcus Love said, "It's fun to play in this offense, with this set of skill players with what we do. I think you can see that we have plenty of great backs, from Michael Smith all the way down to the freshman. We know there shouldn't be a problem running the ball with this set of backs. I thought they looked great today."
Petrino said the work of placekicker Alex Tejada has been good, but he needs consistency. Tejada has had "three misses and a lot of makes" over the first four days of kicking work, but one of them included a chip shot to start the live action Monday. Petrino said, "It's one he can't miss."