Fall Camp Update: Linebacker Drew Dudley

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Aug. 11, 2010

The heat is on as the Kansas football team started its two-a-day practice schedule on Tuesday. The Jayhawks are continuing to make great strides as they work up to their Sept. 4 opener against North Dakota State.

Senior linebacker Drew Dudley took a few minutes after practice on Tuesday to discuss the first day of two-a-day practices with KUathletics.com.

What is the Jayhawks two-a-day practice schedule?

We get up around 6:45 a.m. and we eat a big breakfast. We have to make sure we eat a lot of carbs (carbohydrates) because we lose a lot of energy on the field and in the sun. After breakfast we have a quick meeting and then practice. We come back in and eat lunch; again we refuel on the carbs. At about 2:30 p.m., we have a break and we all take a little bit of a nap. After that we are back on the practice field. We eat dinner around 6 p.m. and then we watch film. We usually end around 10 p.m.

What are the pros and cons of two-a-day practices?

“The pros are that you get a lot of work done in one day. The cons are that the practicing is really taxing on your body.”

Do you feel more pressure on yourself to perform since Huldon Tharp will be out for the season?

“Certainly. Tharp is great player and we definitely could have used him. He would have been a starter and that puts more pressure on everybody.”

How does the Kansas heat compare to the heat from your home state of Texas?

“The heat and the humidity are both up there. I think the humidity is little bit worse in Texas, but it’s hot out here.”

Last year you were name most improved defensive player, how did you prepare yourself in the off-season this year?

“This year I prepared myself a little bit differently because I was coming off of a shoulder injury. A lot of what I did was rehab to my shoulder. I also put on a lot of weight and I am just trying to adjust to that new weight.”

Have you talked to any of the Jayhawks that are at NFL training camps?

“Darrell Stuckey, James Holt and Justin Thornton all came down this summer and played seven-on-seven with us. They all are really upbeat about playing in the NFL.”

Madden 2011 came out today. Are you going to buy it?
“No, I am an NCAA guy.”