UMass Football Begins Double Sessions On Monday
Aug. 13, 2007
AMHERST, Mass. - Six days into football camp, the UMass football team had its first double-session. A former norm of football preseason, the NCAA has mandated rules for double-sessions which UMass participated in on Monday with sessions at 10 a.m. and one at 3 p.m. The Minutemen continue to work on fundamentals with head coach Don Brown running a tough and intense camp.
"It was a warm day and the guys showed up and gave us a very work-man like effort," said Brown. "We are a little dinged up in the offensive line which is kind of normal at this time of the year going into our sixth or seventh practice. We got a lot done this morning from the teaching standpoint. We did a lot of more team stuff this afternoon. I thought the guys responded with the solid effort."
"We really emphasized kicking in the afternoon. More team, competitive stuff, ones against ones (first-team vs. first team) and twos against twos. In the morning we prepared the guys for it with some teaching, serving ourselves as our opponents in a type of scout team operation. At the same time we want to get the mental piece cleaned up so we can come out and play fast in the afternoon. We were in pads this morning and shells in the afternoon."
Brown said the team doesn't hold any players out of practice early in camp due to nagging or smaller injuries. "Everybody has to learn the concepts on both sides of the ball and in the kicking game. The more we can get them out here, the better off we are. We need the guys out here to execute."
UMass football media day is set for Tuesday. Starting with an open practice at 10:30 a.m. followed by lunch and a media photos an interviews.
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