Aug. 4, 2008
Baylor's football squad hit the practice fields for the third day of fall camp Monday, the Bears' first day in shoulder pads. After an off day Sunday, head coach Art Briles put his squad through a two-hour-plus practice in half pads. Temperatures were above 100 degrees for the third straight practice.
Baylor continues fall camp Tuesday with a 3:30 p.m. practice and will put on full pads for the first time Wednesday at a 3:30 p.m. practice. [Briles quotes below]
NOTES: The difficulty of Baylor's schedule is evidenced by the fact that it is one of only three BCS conference schools nationally that is scheduled to face three BCS conference schools in non-conference play in 2008 (Bears faces Connecticut, Wake Forest and Washington State), joining Connecticut (Baylor, North Carolina and Virginia) and Wake Forest (Baylor, Mississippi and Vanderbilt)... Baylor opens its 2008 season Aug. 28 when it hosts 23rd-ranked Wake Forest at Floyd Casey Stadium in front of a national television audience on FSN.
BAYLOR HEAD COACH Art Briles - Aug. 4, 2008
On the defensive intensity:
"I like the emotion. I like the enthusiasm. I like the effort, but we have to understand that we need to protect each other also. We're not out here to beat each other. What we're trying to do is get ready to have a great football team. You have to practice at a high pace to play at a high pace. If that horse is wild, you don't want to keep him in the barnyard all the time; you want to let that sucker go."
On his unique offensive formations:
"We don't consider any of our formations unconventional. We just consider it opportunities for some guys to make plays to help us win football games. We're not trying to be cute or trying to be different. What we're trying to do is give our team a chance to win."
On the number of water breaks taken during Monday's practice:
"It's pretty warm. We felt like Saturday we might could have done a little more to help with the cramps and it looks like it could have helped today. I didn't see anybody cramp up and go down so it worked out well."
On the position battles:
"We're still looking. Out of the 22 spots, there might be three or four locked down and that's it. We're going to make sure we do what's right to give us a chance to win."