Coach Houston Nutt and his swtaff are an exception to that, as was witnessed with Friday's short workout on the practice fields.
Nutt and company spent the whole 12-period practice - which is about half of a normal workout - on special teams, covering every angle of ST play, including all different situations and scenarios.
"Many games have been won or lost on special teams," Nutt said. "I know it's a cliche', but nothing turns the momentum of a game like a big special teams play.
"We had a thorough day of organizing special teams and all the different substitutions. We went over everything you can think of - every situation. Tomorrow, we'll have a dress rehearsal and go over everything A-to-Z. We'll go over every situation they could possibly see in a game and make sure we have 11 on the field at a time."
Everyone knows Jesse Grandy is the main guy in the return game, but Nutt said the coaches are working several others as well.
"Brandon Bolden, Markeith Summers, Jeff Scott, Derrick Herman and guys like Frank Crawford, Korvic Neat and Rodney Scott are all in the picture as well," Nutt noted.
Houston mentioned having DS Wesley Phillips back.
"I'm glad we have Wesley back in the fold. Will Denny has done a good job, but you need two and Wesley gives us some experience and age in there," Nutt added. "Richie (Contartesi) has had a good camp holding on placements. The placekickers have had a good, solid camp. Now they have to do it in front of lots of people."
* As of 5 p.m. Friday, there was still no work on the waiver from the NCAA for QB Jeremiah Masoli.
Most likely, there will be no decision over the weekend, we were told. More of the waiting game to follow.
* There were a couple of number changes Friday. True freshman Safety Brishen Mathews was in #29. Today he was in #13. Safety Dele Junaid was #39 and is now #21. As we reported earlier in the week, now WR Terrell Grant was #8 and is now #81.
* Most of fall camp, true freshman Will Denny has been handling most of the deep snapping chores. With the return of Wesley Phillips, who has been rehabbing a spring knee injury, it's looking more and more like Phillips will regain his top spot. He was snapping with the number one punt, field goal and PAT units today.
* LB D.T. Shackelford has a small mouse over his right eye when a loose pad caught him in Wednesday's practice. It has not stopped D.T> from practicing and he said it does not impair his vision.
* Freshman OL Jared Duke sat out again Friday after suffering a mild concussion Wednesday. "He probably could have practiced today, but he's had some headaches and we just want to be safe," said Nutt.
* Freshman LB Ralph Williams was held out of practice for a couple of days due to some incomplete paperwork he filed when he first got on campus, but all of that has been cleared up now and he's working out again.
* LB Mike Marry (hyperextended knee/hamstring) is still favoring his left leg quite a bit and does not seem to be improving much after nearly two weeks since the injury. No word on when he may be back in action. In the meantime, Brandon Sanders is backing up Allen Walker at Sam Linebacker.
* Senior Safety Fon Ingram's Thursday surgery on his lateral meniscus of his right knee went "perfectly." Fon was operated on in Jackson.
* Freshman Defensive Tackle Bryon Bennett sat out today's practice with a sprained MCL of his right knee. He's not expected to miss but "a coupl eof more days" of practice and the early prognosis is that it is an injury that will not require any surgical procedure. A few days rest should do it.
* For the past week or so, senior NT Ted Laurent has been taking most of the snaps with the first team defense.
In the last couple of days, that tide has shifted back to senior Jerrell Powe. As was stated earlier, both are considered starters and will get all the snaps they can stand, but it's interesting watching the back-and-forth battle for "official" number one between two of the better players on the team who just happen to be playing the same position.
* We've gone this fall camp without writing a whole lot about a player who could end up with more snaps than any skill player - WR/PR/KOR Jesse Grandy. The talented sophomore has been excellent in all three phases he will be asked to handle all fall. While Melvin Harris has kind of stolen the show from the WR slot, Grandy has made his share of plays and is expected to be dynamic in his seond year as the KOR guy and his first in punt returns. "I am ready for it," said Grandy. "I've worked hard getting comfortable in catching punts and I've always been confident in kickoff return and at wide receiver. I had a good offseason and feel like I'm in the best shape of my life and am stronger than i was last year." . . . Sounds like he's going to need every ounce of conditioning and strength to handle the workload about to be placed at his feet.
* Nutt mentioned this past week is always a transition week, when all football turns into a mix of classes and football. "It can be tough. It takes a while to adjust to shifting gears and not just thinking 100% of the time about football, but our guys seem to be transitioning OK," he closed.
* Both the Saturday and Sunday practices are closed to the media. There will be no practice reports from those workouts. The Rebs do not practice on Monday. Tuesday will begin game week preparations. It's almost here!