"I thought our kids did a good job for the first day, but tomorrow will be critical and each day we progress in spring ball is going to be even more critical as we continue to go. One more day in helmet and shorts and then we get into some full pads."
Like with most coaching changes players, and on field support must get use to the different atmosphere and demands. Day one may have seen a spot here or there not go smooth, but overall the tempo was never missed and Jones got a good first practice under his belt with his new team.
For the most part the released depth chart was used to set the early stages of this spring session, but no player should feel comfortable with what is on a piece of paper now. A few players missed the first days of practice due to finals but stopped by as they finished.
As for the players you can see some differences in physical size and appearance since they last took the field.
"J.K. has all the tools," Revels said during practice. "He's smart and works hard on and off the field. If he can stay healthy he'll have a great chance to take his game to the next level."
Walt Stewart is another player who looks physically bigger and many expect Stewart to continue to take his game to another level by the time the fall comes around.
One thing that was noticed was the slimmer look of the offensive linemen. While in the past the goal was to have guys at the 300-pound mark, most players came in about 10-pounds less.
The quarterback battle has Zach Collaros out in front but Chazz Anderson is working hard. Brendon Kay and Demetrius Richardson are also looking to open eyes and Kay made sure to stay after practice to work on several throws.
We'll have more on a couple of Bearcats later and also be at practice on Thursday.