It appears that Salpointe is a GREAT place to practice. Of course the coaches still have to look at film angles and things like that, but lots of room and the turf seems to be okay. I talked to some of the WR's and DB's about footing, and they all seemed to think it was okay.
I think the best thing about practicing at Salpointe is the fact it is very fan friendly. Lot of good close seating. They were also treated to alot of Michael Jackson music. Coach Stoops has been allowing music during practice since the beginning of last year, and today was a heavy dose of Michael Jackson.
Media was out in full force, but it was nice to see so many fans out there! Of course the RED ARMY are as good as it gets in terms of fans, and they had some of their troops out early this morning watching practice.
As of now we can only go in shorts and helmets and we will not be able to put on pads for another few days, but we still had a very fast paced practice. I thought Tim, Benny and the guys did a great job for first day. Coach threw in a two minute drill after he had called everyone up, that wasn't on the practice script, and the mgr's didn't miss a beat. They were right on the chains and clock and ready to go.
All in all it was a fun and very successful first practice.
Coach Stoops in mid season form:
Daniel Jenkins in his first official stretch with Coach Ed:
Strength coach, Shawn Farria, stretching out a player:
Coach Seth Littrell and his troops:
Nice backdrop for practice! Man I love Tucson!!!!!!
The most important thing we own, THE GATOR:
Managers loading up the pop ups onto the gator: