Secondly, the pace of practice forces players to be mentally fresh. We caught a glimpse of this in the spring and it will be taken to another level in the fall. Zook believes in teaching off tape and in meetings. With no school or distractions, there will be plenty of time for coaches to have meetings. While some players dread meetings, these will be vitally important in Zook's system because this is where they correct the mistakes. Tempo creates purpose and look for this team to be well conditioned and have a great sense of purpose.
The next difference will be the "physicality" of Zook's practices. In the previous era, we all waited for the three and four fall scrimmages to see the good stuff. Not this year. I expect the fight numbers to go up (which is a good sign especially in week two) and the drills involving the offensive and defensive lines to be very spirited. Zook will incorporate (not over indulge) in daily hitting activities. With his defensive background, and the offensive line trying to find an identity, I expect some serious hitting in the fall. This does not mean that you will see four hour Bear Bryant like scrimmages, just more spirited physical work. Zook is a model of efficiency and does not like to waste time or repetitions.
Finally and maybe the biggest of the "subtle" changes will be the emphasis on special teams. Every practice will include some element of special teams work. In the past, three maybe four practices would be void of serious special teams work. This is certainly the third phase of football to Zook, and he will include the best players on each team. It could mean starters as well. Zook believes special teams can win games not lose them. If you go enough, you will see the same intensity and enthusiasm in these units as you will see in a goal-line scrimmage.
Camp Zook is right around the corner, and the word for camp will be "tempo". If you are going somewhere, go there fast and with all you got. These slight changes, along with the new regime, makes this the most anticipated fall camp since 1990.