For the second day in a row, the heat index reached over 115 degrees on the field as the Wofford football team continued preparing for the 2010 season. For over two hours, the Terriers worked on conditioning and installing the offensive and defensive systems.
Practice for the defense included a tackle circuit, while the offense focused on the running game. The offensive and defensive lines went one-on-one which provided a few big hits. On special teams, the unit worked on kickoff coverage and PATs.
During the final scripted team segment of practice, Keaton Thompson and Tommy Irvin both came up with interceptions. Josh Roseborough had a tackle for loss and Eric Breitenstein and Alex Dunmire had strong runs.
The team reported to campus on Sunday, with several meetings held on Sunday night. A conditioning test was held on Monday morning, with the first practice beginning at 6:15 pm. After two days in helmets, the team will practice on Wednesday and Thursday in helmets and shoulder pads before putting on full gear on Friday afternoon.
“It was a little bit different today with pads on,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “We got more physical and did more tackling along with more aggressive blocking. A lot of times when you put the pads on the fundamentals you stressed for the first two days go out the window. What we have to do is get back in the film room, show them the mistakes and correct the mistakes. On Saturday we are going to scrimmage so we need to step it up and get it right. The players have a good attitude and they have worked hard in the heat. They are doing a good job and we have to continue to work with them and teach them and we will be fine.”
The team will practice in shoulder pads again on Thursday before putting on full pads for the first time on Friday. There will be two practices on Saturday, including a scrimmage at 6:15 pm on the practice fields. The 2010 season begins with a road trip on September 4 to face Ohio University.