OPENING COMMENTS: Nothing changed from yesterday. We were able to get back in full pads today. It was a good practice. I thought guys bounced around, had some good enthusiasm, had fun. It was good, competitive work on both sides. We had some good on good, then had good jayvee work at the end. Tomorrow we'll go a little longer, the next couple of days. It's good. The guys seemed to be in pretty good shape, having the layoff. The guys had some running and doing some good conditioning. I was very pleased with how the guys maintained. It's where we are.
THE COLD WEATHER: They were fine. It wasn't that bad out there today. It was balmy compared to yesterday. Wasn't bad. Wasn't bad at all. Of course we were banging around. Coach [Dan] Brooks had shorts on.
TAJH BOYD AND BOWL PRACTICES: It's great. You don't have the pressure of getting ready for a game in three days. You're not installing an entire game plan. You can go over a little bit of what you do, your system. You can do more good on good. He got some good work today, got some work with the ones. It's just great. Anytime you can get quality reps, you're going to improve. His confidence is continuing to grow every day. Really, since last January, he's been on an upward climb, mentally and physically. He's ready. He's chomping at the bit to go win this game and take the reins of this football team. I look forward to seeing him do it. I'm glad we've got a guy like that for three more years. I think he's going to be a great player.
SURPRISED AT EMERGENCE OF USF?: No. Not at all. Coach [Jim] Leavitt did a good job at that program when they started it. It's South Florida. It's in Tampa. They've committed some pretty good facilities now. They just kind of draw an hour radius in every direction to get their football team. When you've got 300 division one prospects in your state, and they can't all go to Florida, Florida State and Miami, a lot of them want to stay home…he did a good job. Coach [Skip] Holtz has come in and done a good job in his first year. There's a bunch of players on the team we've recruited. I'm not surprised at all. They have the things that you need if you're going to have a chance to win.
KALON DAVIS: He's doing really good. He's way ahead of schedule. He looks good, physically. He's moving around well. He's got a smile on his face. He's really doing good.
ANOTHER AWARD FOR BOWERS: He's a very talented guy. His work ethic has been great to go with that talent. He's preserved day in and day out with his commitment to being good. He's been a dominant player this year. We talked a lot about that coming into this year. He was good, not great. Not a dominant player, but could be a dominant player. That's what he's become. That's what he's grown in to. I think some people were disappointed with Da'Quan—that's probably a fair assessment. People were disappointed with him after his freshman year, even his sophomore year, even though he did a lot of good things. It's just all a part of this process. These guys are young, maturing. They figure it out more. The light goes on brighter in their head. He's got a high football IQ. He's applied all those things this year. He's earned it. I just couldn't be happier for him.
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