Friday: Full Pads

Today's practice was the first full pad practice of the summer. The heat was up and the players were ready to start hitting. However, it was a little pill that was the talk of practice. As always USFnation.com brings you Friday's practice report and photo gallery straight from the field.

All the buzz today was not about the big hits coming from the field, it was all about a little pill. The pill is used to measure the temperature of the player throughout practice. It is slightly bigger than an average multi-vitamin and must be taken 2 hours prior to practice. The pill was given to four defensive lineman and six offensive lineman. The players who received the pill were Jon Simmons, Terrance Royal, John Miller, Frank Davis, Jerome Springfield, Chris Carothers, Walter Walker, Richard Clebert, Marc Dile, and Tim Jones. Once the pill is ingested a trainer can monitor the players body temperature from a laptop computer that was brought on the field.


about the size of a multi-vitamin


the computer on the field used to monitor the players



Today's practice was a sort of media circus with all the coverage from the pill. All the local stations were in attendance but also some national news outlets. With the extra attention, the players turned up the intensity and put on a show.

During offensive/defensive lineman drills Jerome Springfield continued to impress. He is a monster and has been really knocking some people off the ball.

Coach Leavitt even took notice and had this to say about Springfield after practice, " He has been a real pleasant surprise. You know, we never knew if he would be able to play football because he is so big." Adding, " He has established himself as a competitor for a starting position."

As far as the quarterback competition goes, both Denson and Julmiste were taking snaps with the first team. Both also looked impressive as they ran a quick no huddle drill at the beginning of practice. But if you're looking for a decision from Coach Leavitt you will have to keep waiting.

"I have no idea when I will make a decision, I'm just trying to get them through each day."

Here is Today's Photo Gallery:


Andre Hall


Courtney Denson on the roll


Carlton Hill


Johnny Peyton


Coach Lane FIRED UP!!


Pat Julmiste


Coach Frey passing the knowledge onto Walter Walker


Coach White


Coach Franks


O-Line looking good!


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