The Texas State football team gave head coach Dennis Franchione a much different feeling when they practiced in shoulder pads for the first time on Wednesday night as the Bobcats continued preparations for their 2012 season that kicks off on Sept. 1 at Houston.
“It wasn’t bad for a first day in pads,” Franchione said. “I believe there is always a little adjustment period getting use to wearing the pads and moving around on the field. Last year, I think I went home and threw up. This year was a lot better. We had pretty good contact and moved around a lot so that was encouraging.”
The pace of practice picked up when the team went through its “Bobcat Drill,” which pleased Franchione.
“I thought we went through the drills in the first part of practice with a workman-like attitude and then pick it up when we work on our team stuff,” Franchione said. “I understand that, but there wasn’t as much energy and enthusiasm as I would have like to have seen. You have to practice at full speed to play at full speed. You can’t play that way in practice and then think you are going to be able to play at full speed in games.”
One drill that seemed to excite the team was Texas State’s “Bobcat Drill”, where a defensive lineman has to thwart off the block of offensive lineman and tackle a running back who is trying to score at the goal line.
“That is our drill,” Franchione said. “If there is one drill that I want to personify our program, it is that drill. There is just one player and one blocker going against each other. There are some great elements in that drill and you do not get many people hurt in that drill. It is something that is done full speed and can carry over to the game.”
The Bobcats practice in shorts and shoulder pads again on Thursday evening before practicing in full pads for the first time on Friday morning and holding their first two-a-day workouts on Saturday.
— FROM TEXAS STATE SPORTS INFORMATION