Cody Boyd's Diary: Week Two

PULLMAN -- Well, Coug fans, I'm in the midst of another long day already. Running today was a tough one. This week we added weight vests along with another station. On Tuesdays and Thursdays we do circuit training out on Roger's field and everyone is working very hard and pushing each other.

I noticed a question for me on the CF.C message board about my participation in basketball next season… and I have retired to the rec center. It was a great opportunity to learn from an amazing basketball coach in Dick Bennett but I think that being away from the football team was just too rough. And it is very hard to stay in shape for two sports. I thought that I could handle it because I did in high school, but I must be getting old or something. I am still a huge fan and will be watching all the guys and cheering them on.

A couple of other questions have been brought to my attention. One about work ethic and when this work ethic took place, the other is about coach O (Rob Oviatt, director of physical development). Both of these questions are directly related. I wasn't here when coach O first arrived, but I have seen him in action over the last couple of years. Everyone pushes themselves very well on the team. It is a very special thing to see sometimes, but everyone is human and sometimes people have other things on their minds, and coach O always evens that out. He expects the best out of everyone. It doesn't matter if you are a starter or a redshirt, he expects everyone to push themselves and finish every lift and exercise. So the work ethic of our team is pushed from within and also from coach O.

Some other questions dealt with skellies and running the ball. Skelly is no running plays. It is hard to practice running the ball without pads and live drills. And about the linebackers, they kind of get a head start because they know its pass drills, but they have coverage responsibilities (mostly on TE's and RB's out of the backfield). And yes it is harder for the offense, but that will just help us progress while making the D chase us around a little. But as I said last week, we still get ‘em.

So other than all of the football and lifting, I have been hanging out with my girlfriend and laying in the sun a little. She just got a huge new pool, about 5 feet I think. So I just sit in it and have to bend my legs a little. Imagine that.

Well, that's all I have for this week. Ask all the questions you want and I'll do my best to answer them next week.

Cody Boyd is a sophomore tight end from Ferndale High, where he was one of only three prep seniors dubbed a blue chipper by the Seattle Times in '02. As a redshirt freshman for the Cougs last year, Boyd caught 18 passes for 230 yards and a TD, also using his 6-8 frame and athleticism to block three kicks. Along with teammate Scott Davis, he graciously volunteered to give Cougar fans a window on the world of pre-season football preparation with a weekly diary.

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