March 21, 2008
The Baylor football team completed its seventh spring workout Friday morning on the grass practice fields at Floyd Casey Stadium. Friday's workout included some full-scale scrimmage work.
"We had good intensity and effort, which I was really pleased with after three (practices) in a row without a lot of recovery time from last night because we were off the field at 7 p.m. and back at 9:30 this morning," said Baylor head coach Art Briles. "I thought they really fought through that.
"The defense really flew around, made some plays and played with a lot of effort and enthusiasm, which we are going to have to do. Because that's the way you play, especially on that side of the ball," he added. "Offensively, too many unforced errors. In spurts we showed some good signs, but we just need to be more consistent with the football and place it in the proper place. I thought offensively up front we played well, those guys played with a lot of effort and passion. We just have to do a better job taking care of the football, but that will happen once our knowledge increases."
As the Bears near the midway point of spring football, Briles sees a foundation being established for his program.
"Our schedule is to be a tough, aggressive, intense, intelligent, determined football team," Briles said. "I think we are moving in that direction. Now, are we a polished team? No, we are not a polished team. But, we shouldn't be after seven workouts.
"We still have a ways to go there, but the intangibles we are closing in on," he concluded.
The Bears will take the weekend off for the Easter holiday, then return to the practice field next week with practices scheduled for Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
"We have to keep increasing our knowledge of how to be a great football team," Briles said of next week's workouts.
Note: Redshirt freshman Elliot Coffey has moved from safety to linebacker ... "It's a natural position for Elliot and he seems real comfortable playing inside the box," Briles said. "I think it is going to work out good for us."