Johnson had a nice first day of practice. "I think he had a pretty good practice for the first time," said Coach Leach. It certainly helps that Johnson played in a similar offense earlier in his career. "He's got a certain amount of experience in this type of offense. In high school he actually ran some of the same plays," said Coach Leach. That experience combined with two years as a starting quarterback should get Johnson off to a quick start as a Red Raider.
On the field players practiced without pads for the first day of practice. "Good starting point. I thought it was a good effort," said Coach Leach. Taurean Henderson looks poised to follow his first two seasons with another strong season in 2004. Henderson looks to have added some muscle in the off-season, but remains as quick as ever. Henderson was easily the most impressive player in today's workout. There are some notable changes on the defensive side of the ball. In the secondary it is currently Vincent Meeks and Chad Johnson at the safety position. Johnson seemed to step into the safety role with no problems, making several nice plays in the practice. It's still too early to tell who will end up where in the secondary though. Coaches have said that the four best players will start in the secondary, regardless of position. It's possible that Meeks could end up as a cornerback, though he played exclusively at safety today. On the special teams front the Red Raiders used Meeks, Mack and Rawls on kick returns, while Glover and Chris Parker fielded punts. Overall it was a solid first day of practice. Look for things to become more clear as spring drills progress.