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Fall Football Camp Report #6 - Aug. 8

Junior receiver Ernest Smith makes a one-handed catch during fall camp Friday.

Junior receiver Ernest Smith makes a one-handed catch during fall camp Friday.

Aug. 8, 2008

Read official "View From The Hill" blog about fall practice

Head coach Art Briles put the Baylor football team through its sixth practice of fall camp Friday, a two-and-a-half hour session in shoulder pads on the practice fields.

The team will be back on the field Saturday at 10 a.m. and will conduct a shortened practice session before holding a scrimmage. [Briles quotes below]

NOTES: Track and field All-American Jacob Norman has ended his quest to walk-on the football squad as a receiver, leaving the program six days into fall camp... Norman has one season of eligibility remaining on the track squad... Season and single-game tickets for Baylor's seven home football games are available for purchase [BaylorBears.com, 254-710-1000 or at Floyd Casey Stadium]... Several season-ticket options are offered with prices at $145 per ticket for the seven-game home schedule... 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. 8, 2008
On Friday's practice:

"I thought we had a really spirited team session. We did some situational stuff on the goal line. I thought that was really good on both sides of the ball. I'm really proud of the way the defense is flying around, running around, recognizing and making plays. I think Coach (Brian) Norwood and his staff are doing an outstanding job and I think we're getting some good leadership on that side of the ball."

On the defense making noise during Friday's offensive drills:
"We always want that because the more adversity you have to overcome, the calmer you can perform. What we're trying to do is focus on the task at hand on both sides of the ball. I think it inspires us, honestly. If you've got people hollering at you and they don't like you, you better be real fast or a good fighter; hopefully we're both."

On the depth at defensive tackle:
"They're going to have to rotate. Those guys have to play full tilt every time someone acts like they're going to get under center. We've got to be able to put guys on the field that when one's in there, it's no different when the other one's in there. They've got to man up and play."

On defensive ends Zac Scotton and Jameon Hardeman:
"I really consider those guys veterans. They've been here in the spring, summer and now fall with us, so if their number is called, they've got to be ready. They've got a job to do and they've got to do it."

On track All-American Jacob Norman quitting football:
"I appreciated him coming out and trying it. You know, maybe he'll try it again in the spring, I don't know. That was his decision and I'm just glad he gave it a chance."

On Saturday's workout:
"We're looking for a high-pace, spirited effort with a lot of intensity. Tomorrow we'll do a half practice, half scrimmage. We'll get on the field about 10 a.m. and start the scrimmage around 11:30 a.m, ending around 12:40 or 12:45 p.m."



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