WACO, Texas — Baylor conducted its second of three two-session days during preseason drills Monday, but the afternoon session was hampered by weather as heavy rains blanketed the Central Texas area. The Bears were able to get in a two-hour morning session in relatively mild conditions before sustaining a wet workout in the afternoon session.
Following Monday’s practices, Baylor has only three sessions of preseason drills remaining before settling into normal game-week preparations in the days leading up to the 2008 season opener.
The Bears return to the practice field Tuesday at 10 a.m. CDT. Until further notice, all Baylor practices are closed to the public. [Briles quotes below.]
NOTES: Season and single-game tickets for Baylor’s seven home games are available for purchase (www.BaylorBears.com, 254.710.1000 or at the Floyd Casey Stadium ticket office). 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. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. in front of an FSN national television audience.
BAYLOR HEAD COACH Art Briles – Aug. 18, 2008
On watching film of Saturday’s scrimmage:
“We watched it. No, it was a good. It was a great teaching tool. And that was the best part about it. … From an offensive standpoint, getting around the ball in case something bad happens. From a defensive standpoint, getting around the ball in case something good happens. You’ve got to be hustling if you’re going to make a play. It was a little bit disturbing at the time, but I definitely think it’s going to be a plus for us before it’s all said and done, because we got to see some things that we weren’t sure about.”
On lack freshman kicker Ben Parks:
“He’s a good kicker. He’s got a good, strong leg, and he’s a guy that’s got confidence. Just like everywhere else across the table, there’s competition at every job. And him and Brewster are kind of having a little match right now.”
On the competition at running back:
“We don’t look at that as competition. We look at that as need-based. Each one of them brings something different to the table, And we’ll try to utilize their abilities to help us move the football. That’s a deal where all those guys are going to play. It’s just going to be situational and need.”
On the chemistry of the team:
“You know, chemistry is a funny word, especially when you deal with a team atmosphere. I think we’re still in the process of developing our chemistry. We’ve walked up to the table, but we haven’t begun to eat yet. We’re still in the infant stages of finding out about our football team. That, to me, is a very encouraging part is that I like our guys, I like our attitude and I like their effort and hunger.”
On offensive lineman Jason Smith:
“He’s real easy to talk about, and we have a team full of really dedicated players. But Jason, he kind of takes it to the next level. He’s a guy that is very coachable, very eager to want to be great, which aids with your ability to coach him. And then just all the intangibles that you have to possess to be an outstanding student-athlete and football player, he’s got it. And it’s real. I appreciate the heck out of him, and I’m proud that he’s a Baylor Bear.”