The Texas State football team are practicing in full pads for the first time this morning having installed over 80 percent of its offensive and defensive schemes for the upcoming season.
“There are some new wrinkles and adjustments, but we have thrown a lot at them and the absorption has been pretty good,” head coach Dennis Franchione said. “They are not just blocking one front on offense and they are defending a lot of things on defense. Production-wise, we are a little spotty, but for what we have thrown at them, we are a lot further along than we were last year after four workouts.”
Texas State will have a similar practice in full pads as what they have been doing in the first three practices before holding its first scrimmage on Monday. The football season opener is Sept. 1 at the University of Houston.
Last season, it took Franchione and his staff the first month of the season to put in as much of the offensive and defensive systems as they have been able to install during the first week of practice this week.
“We will add a few periods where we tackle a little bit, but it won’t be much different,” Franchione said. “We have a scrimmage on Monday and we are aiming for that because we don’t scrimmage a lot during the fall. We want to enter the season as healthy as we can. That way we can watch it on film and correct any mistakes they are making in those situations.”
Franchione is hoping that his team can maintain their focus in their first day of practicing in full pads in Friday’s practice that began at 8:45 a.m. today.
“I hope that we take care of the football, don’t have too many penalties, don’t miss too many tackles and have a resemblance of our assignments in live situations,” Franchione said. “It may not be crisp because we have so much offense and defense installed, so that may make them a little edgy.”
— RICK POULTER/TEXAS STATE SPORTS INFORMATION