Friday is the magic day when pads are issued and the hitting can really begin for the Wildcats and all the teams around Texas.
The Wildcats plan an intrasquad scrimmage with some pretty good contact planned at around 9:30 a.m.
Defensive coordinator Matt Young said, "You can tell a big difference when we get pads. You can see who can tackle,
instead of just who can run around. I am looking forward to the workout with the players in pads."
Young said he is encouraged by the play of the defense and the way younger players are stepping up into their new positions.
DOUBLE DUTY - Players are all getting used to the heat. The offensive and defensive drills can be intense, especially for players
going both ways. About 10 Wildcats will be playing offense and defense in different part time roles. The largest group. 4-5, will be receivers who are also defensive backs.
TRAINING WHEELS - Jeff Riordan, the offensive coordinator for the 'Cats, is itching to put the team in high gear, but knows
that won't come for a while. "We have almost the entire playbook installed. But the offense is always behind the defense
this time of year. We will be rolling in a couple of weeks."
Riordan is also encouraged about the team getting pads. "On Friday will be have a little more chili in the tank when we get pads. We've
been playing touch, that is not the same as tackle."
ONE, TWO, THREE, KICK - the kicking game is not being overlooked. Coaches said that three-year letterman and returning all-state
kicker Fernando Arellano is looking good and hitting all his kicks. Blake Macek is rising to the top of a group of punters during an open audition for that job. Macek is doing both the rugby and traditional style punts.
HAND JIVE - the hands of the receivers continue to draw praise with Dallin Sant getting notice from coach D.J Mann.
Riordan also said the WR corps should be a strong point of the team with the group now going through the system for four years.
QUARTER FOR YOUR THOUGHTS - Quarterbacks Justin Owens along with the Macek brothers, Blake and Brad were impressive with some throws in practice. Riordan said, "We have several good quarterbacks."
TUBOW TOUR - For the third day in a row a former player stopped by to see the team and coaches, Wednesday it was the former leader of the Tubow formation and Arkansas baseball signee- Colby Suggs. Suggs, played center for the team as well as baseball. Suggs said he would enroll at Arkansas on Aug. 17 and begin his baseball career. This summer Suggs has been playing summer league baseball in the Dallas area and Arizona. Suggs said the best thing about concentrating on baseball and not football was "no knee braces." Fans can remember Suggs did play quarterback as a freshman before turning to the offensive line. He scored six touchdowns from the Tubow formation last year. Suggs is part of a graduating group of seniors who won 24 games the last two years, including a state title. He was also part of a district championship freshman team, Riordan remarked.
The practice continues with two workouts slated Thursday, the first at 7 a.m. It will be the final days of T-shirts, helmets and shorts before the pad popping begins.
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