I just got off of the phone with one of my little birdies and got a nice little report on what exactly has been going on at bowl practices that is out of the ordinary.
First of all, most of the team is
now at home for Christmas. If the distance was too far then those players are
either with other teammates or coaches. Coach Mac didn't want anybody spending
the Holidays alone. The team is due back in
Now onto bowl practices. The thing that I found extremely interesting is that the team has been practicing specific overtime situations. I was surprised when I heard that but also very happy about it. I freaked out when we went to overtime last night in basketball but then remembered that it was a different sport. The team is spending significant time on that.
The team is also spending a lot of time on special teams, specifically preparing for Cory Rogers of TCU. They are practicing a lot on punt protection as well.
Last but not least there are 20 minute "developmental" practices that take place after the normal practice is over. During this time, the first and second strings are free to go but everybody else sticks around for 20 minutes in which they work one on one with the coaches. A lot of times they play 7 on 7 and also scrimmage sometimes as well.
The team seems to be in a solid
mind frame right now and I think the few days off for Christmas will do them
well. I think it's a lot like my golf game. If I play everyday for two weeks, I
usually play worse than when I take a week off and come back fresh. Let's hope
that happens with the Cyclones in