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Wildcats practice, await pads Friday

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    The fourth consecutive day of football practice produced good work under the sun, with an air of anticipation.

    The 78 degree temperatures present at the field when practice began at 7:55 a.m. were bolstered by a light and welcome southwesternly breeze. Conditions were very pleasant to start, but by 9:30 the sun was beginning to scorch and the thermometer was climbing to near 90.
    The team will look more like a team and practice will be taken up a notch of two Friday - the first day of pads.
    Offensive backs coach Keith Cook said his group was excited for the first day of contact.    “Having pads creates excitement,” Cook said. “Typically the third and fourth day of practice are the toughest. Then it all changes when we get pads.”
    Offensive coordinator Matt Young agreed and said the Wildcats are coming into form.“Our tempo has been great. We’re being physical. We’re making plays,” Young said. “We making sure we do a lot of little things right. We want to make it tough on the players now, so they will learn. We don’t play any easy teams. We want to do the right things and be able to get open against the good people.”
    Coach Kurt McCain said the defense will feature some senior leadership mixed with younger players.
    “We’re making progress as a group,” McCain said. “We have some good players.”
    Defensive tackles coach Chris Owens said, “We don’t have much beef, but we have some quickness. I think we will be all right.”
    The welcome music continued to blast away, inspiring energy at the workout for the second straight day.




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