With temperatures going over 90 degrees for the first this summer and the heat index nearing 100, Huskies coach Randy Edsall still decided the heat wasn't enough. He rode his team, coming off an 8-5 year and a win in the International Bowl, like it was midseason.
The tempo was brisk, compassion non-existent when the offense was made to wear their helmets in the heat on the sidelines. And as the team expectedly wilted in the August oven box, Edsall turned up the heat even higher at the end.
A day at the beach? Far from it. Edsall was the task masker.
Towards the end of practice Edsall started to scream at offensive linemen Moe Petrus. Edsall wouldn't say what it was for, but the entire team was listening and as they sprinted off the field, the message was delivered – it may be hot, but summer vacation is over.
"Someone did what they weren't supposed to do," Edsall said. "He puts himself above the team and puts himself above the team, you draw the ire of the head coach. On first day, on someone who has been around, that was uncalled for on his part. The guy needs to grow up."
The Huskies open up the season on Sept.5 at Ohio University, a month away, but the Huskies didn't ease into practice. The tempo was quick from the get go. That's how the Huskies will play this year, and the heat will help toughen them up.
"You can't tell from the first day," Edsall said. "I am glad it's hot, I wish it was even hotter. I wish we get another week and 90 degrees we need it. We got to practice at our tempo."
There were some bright spots on Monday. The new multiple no-huddle offense of coordinator Joe Moorhead looks to have stuck in the head as quarterback Zach Frazer was sharp in his first practice. Frazer is noticeably slimmer and more athletic and is down to 223 pounds at 6-foot-4. The Mechanicsburg, Pa. product was named the starter coming out of spring camp and after a high school All-American career the redshirt junior is poised for his turn under center.
"I probably lost 10 pounds today," Frazer said. "I am down to 223.
"The first day went well. The first day 90 degree weather everyone is anxious. We all worked hard in the weight room and with conditioning and we were ready for this day."