Stamina probably isn't a major consideration right now or won't be until towards the end of the week, but one thing you might not think would be an issue actually concerns the staff enough to mention that fact. "The thing you worry about now that the training table has started, these guys haven't been cooking big fancy meals for themselves and generally don't have a lot of money, so consequently they start to eat a lot better right now than they have over the Summer and that can become a problem."
"So, we are monitoring what their weight is and should have a pretty good handle on that."
The players weight is monitored before and after every practice and as you might guess, those most vulnerable to considerable weight gains or losses are the linemen.
The practices at this point are mostly consisting of adding bits and pieces of the offense and defense each day. As Solich indicated yesterday after practice, the chore of absorbing that information will become steadily more difficult as the days progress and more is loaded onto what is already a considerable amount of memorizing.
The inordinately long practices will continue thru Sunday and Monday will be the first day of two-a-days, alternating every other day in compliance with the NCAA regulation, attempting to address many of the recent tragedies pointed specifically to heat-related stresses.
A schedule was set up for this week that certain newcomers would be speaking with the press. Yesterday, Donald DeFrand and Andy Birkel spoke with the media and today, Joe Dailey and Wali Muhammad were slated to speak. Of the two, Joe Dailey had declined to talk to the media at this time and Tierre Green was substituted in his place.
- Darren Delone was still
not on campus, Solich stating that he was still addressing his academic
- Jason Lohr did not participate in practice today due to back spasms.