Matt Rhule has one clear expectation for his team every day. Compete. He wants them to compete every day, every practice, and every play. That mindset breads a physical practice, and hopefully a physical team. With two full pad practices under the Bears belt, that physicality has come into question from Coach Rhule.
“I wasn’t super thrilled today,” Rhule said. “A lot of young guys were practicing really hard today. A lot of older guys just maybe don’t like the level of physicality and aren’t practicing to the level I think we’re going to need. So it’s kind of a mixed bag. Some of the older guys haven’t had the leadership we need.”
That physical mindset is a stark departure from the tone of the previous staff, who demanded speed and repetitions from the team. The fifth practice for the Bears wrapped up with the top offense and defense going against each other in the redzone, with the defense forcing a fumble. The second team offense did score on the 2nd team defense though.
“Coach Rhule came in here with a physicality mentality,” said Baylor offensive lineman Mo Porter. “So we’ve been going in full pads. We’re hitting each other every day. We’re just showing physicality and competing 24-7 all day.”
Notes from Practice:
- Zach Smith has continued to take the QB snaps with the "1s". Anu Solomon is with the backups. It is still early in the process though and Coach Rhule is not close to naming a starter.
- Running backs Terence Williams and JaMycal Hasty were both mentioned as standouts for Matt Rhule. Williams, a thousand yard rushers in 2016, is
- Kyle Boyd is making his name at fullback this spring, after playing at linebacker last year. The former Marine walked-on at Baylor and is filling a new role in the offense.
- Tanner Thrift has continued to take snaps at center, and is starting to stake a claim to that position.
- Blake Lynch continues to impress at receiver, where he is getting reps outside and inside.