Baylor Opens Up Spring Practice

Art Briles and the Baylor Bears held their first practice of the Spring on Monday. New faces on the coaching staff and new faces on the roster make this Spring campaign an interesting one. Come inside to find out what Baylor head coach Art Briles had to say about the first day of practice.

Art Briles and the Baylor Bears held their first practice of the Spring on Monday at the on-campus practice facility on the Baylor University campus. On a sunny but windy day, the Bears were able to get a solid first day of work in.

"The great thing is it seems like we have only been gone a weekend. We are right back, and I hate to use the term 'mid-season form', but I will use it. We are back to where we normally would be end of October. That's because of the extra workouts during the bowl game and playing December 29th," Briles said.

Briles explains that his team has seemingly used the success of last season as motivating moving into Spring practice.

"There has been a great carryover, and our guys are in great shape through strength and conditioning with Coach Kaz," said Baylor head coach Art Briles. "They are excited, and excitement will take you a long way,"

Since the first day of practice as head coach at Baylor, Art Briles has preached the importance of practicing fast, quick, and with high energy. On Monday, Briles was pleased with his team's performance in that area.

"Tempo and energy was good on both sides of the ball. It is something you can control, so we are going to make sure it is right," said Briles.

With 3 new faces on the defensive coaching staff, one of the major story lines will be what changes new defensive coordinator Phil Bennett will make. In addition to potential changes, how players will react and respond to the changes will be closely evaluated.

"Well, we will get in and look at the tape tonight. I know that they like the pace of the practice. I know Coach Bennett likes that because we are going to play teams that are up-tempo, so that is good for our defense," said Briles.

With several positional changes taking place at the beginning of Spring drills, Briles has made it clear that nothing is set in stone, and that the staff is still evaluating how players are performing at certain positions."

"We are still evaluating. We have got to make sure we have got the right people in the right spots," Briles said.

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