Kansas Football Holds First Two-A-Day Workout Tuesday
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Aug. 10, 2010
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas head football coach Turner Gill ran his team through its first of three two-a-day practices Tuesday and was pleased with the Jayhawks’ effort on the field.
“I thought they did pretty well,” Gill said after the second practice. “As always the morning practice is probably going to be a little bit sharper and the afternoon practice is not moving quite as fast, but I liked their focus and I liked their concentration. We are trying to get them in shape right now and we obviously are not as fine tuned as we would like to be, but overall I thought we had good focus.”
The team practiced in full pads in the morning before heading to the field in helmets and shoulder pads for the second workout.
“The morning was really rough,” said senior linebacker Justin Springer. “I thought we came out a lot better in the second half (of the afternoon practice). We came out quieter, but at the same time we came out running a lot better. I thought we were better in the second practice. The first practice was rough. It was long and it was humid outside. It hurt.”
Redshirt freshman wide receiver Chris Omigie agreed with Springer that the morning practice was more difficult than the afternoon session.
“The first practice went pretty well,” Omigie said. “It started a little sluggish because it was morning time and everybody needed to wake up, but once everyone woke up, we started rolling. The second practice we started off rolling. We made it to the second half of practice after our break and then the offense really started picking it up a lot. We showed a lot of improvement.”
The players said conditioning wasn’t an issue, but the sun exacted its toll.
“I wasn’t worn out conditioning-wise, but I was worn out from the sun,” Omigie said. “The sun was really beating us up.”
“(The second practice) was hotter, but at the same time we felt fresh and loose and we had had a day off the day before,” Springer said.
The Jayhawks will practice twice on Thursday and next Monday with single sessions on the other days.
Kansas will open its 2010 season hosting North Dakota State on Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at www.kuathletics.com.