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Football Begins Spring Drills Indoors

Quarterback Robert Griffin takes a breather during Tuesday's spring practice.

Quarterback Robert Griffin takes a breather during Tuesday's spring practice.

March 16, 2010


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WACO, Texas - Baylor head football coach Art Briles and the Bears began spring drills Tuesday afternoon with a 150-minute workout in helmets and shorts at the Allison Indoor Practice Facility.

"Overall, I felt today was a really great first day of spring practice," Briles said. "The guys were definitely focused and showed good enthusiasm throughout every drill.

"To me, spring training is football and that is all you do. You think football, you coach football, scheme football and you worry about your people. That is the part that I love about it."

Scattered showers throughout the Waco area forced the Bears indoors, allowing Baylor to utilize the indoor facility for the first time ever in spring drills. Ninety-nine players took part in Tuesday's practice, the first of 15 over a three-week span.

The 2010 Bears roster includes 14 returning starters (seven offensive, five defensive and two specialists) from last year's team. Also back is quarterback Robert Griffin III, who is rehabbing from season-ending knee surgery, and after approval of his hardship waiver by the Big 12 Conference, retains three seasons of eligibility.

The Bears are scheduled to conclude the spring Saturday, April 10, with a controlled scrimmage presented by Time Warner Cable. Baylor spring practice dates are scheduled for March 16, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31 and April 1, 6, 8, 9 and 10. Fan inquiries about attending workouts may be directed to the football office at 254-710-3058.

COMPLETE QUOTES FROM TUESDAY'S PRACTICE

Head Coach Art Briles
On the progress of the football team heading into Briles' third season:
"We are encouraged quite honestly because that is our line of business and our line of hope. We feel good about the direction of our football program at Baylor, but we are certainly proud of the standards that all of the other sports have set. Now we have to make sure that we live up to those standards."

On the start of spring football:
"It is always exciting. If you are not excited you shouldn't get into it. To me, spring training is football and that is all you do. You think football, you coach football, scheme football and you worry about your people. That is the part that I love about it. That is really the thing that gets me going."

On Robert Griffin's expectations for spring football:
"He will have a lot of limited activity in spring ball. We won't put him through any live contact or team activities where there is a chance that something could happen that we are not ready for. He has done a great job of rehabbing. He is very disciplined and very determined. He has gotten himself ready to go."

On Nick Florence and the two-deep roster:
"We got a guy (Nick Florence) back who started seven games last year and went into a tough environment at Missouri and won us a conference football game. We've got a guy that has his feet wet. Overall, the thing that I am most pleased with is that we have a quality two-deep now. We have competition at every position and that is something that I couldn't say a year ago, and certainly couldn't say two years ago. We have people on campus that can play and compete for playing time. Anytime that you have that it makes the football team better."


Junior IR Kendall Wright
On the start of spring football:
"I am really excited just to be back out here doing what we like to do. We've been working hard before the spring and we are still going to work hard."

On the absence of David Gettis:
"I don't really see that affecting me that much. I might be playing a little inside and outside receiver just to do some of the stuff that he was doing. We have a lot of good young receivers on the team."


Sophomore QB Robert Griffin III
On the start of spring drills:
"The blood is flowing. It feels good to be back out here with the guys and be a part of the team not just mentally, but physically. It is going to be a good day."

On his limitations during the spring:
"I will be doing mostly everything. Not necessarily team drills with any defense. I am just getting back into the flow of things and just letting the guys know that I am here."

On sitting out last season:
"It allowed me to watch, so it accelerated the mental process. It let me see things that I couldn't see while I was playing. I actually got to sit out a year which I didn't get to do when I first got here like most quarterbacks do. I think mentally in the game, I will be further ahead than I was."


Sophomore RB Jarred Salubi
On the start of spring football:
"It feels great. It feels great to be back in our environment playing football. It has been awhile since we have been out here. Being able to catch the balls and run some plays feels good."

On the return of Robert Griffin III:
"I've seen him since high school so I always knew that Robert could play. Having him back is a big help for us and I feel comfortable."

 

 

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