Aug. 20, 2008
WACO, Texas -- Baylor held its third and final two-session practice day Wednesday as the Bears head into the final day of preseason camp. Following a two-hour morning workout, the Bears worked for ninety minutes in the afternoon session. Both practices were held on the Floyd Casey Stadium turf due to recent rains in the Central Texas area.
Despite those recent rains, the Bears practiced dry for the first time this week Wednesday. Head coach Art Briles commented before the afternoon session that he was happy to see the return of the bright sun and scorching temperatures, which climbed into the mid-90s Wednesday afternoon.
Following a closed scrimmage Thursday evening, the Bears will begin their normal game-week routine in preparation for the Aug. 28 season opener against 23rd-ranked Wake Forest. Until further notice, all Baylor practices are closed to the public. [Briles quotes below.]
NOTES: The Waco Chamber of Commerce holds its annual Kickoff Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Waco Convention Center, featuring Dave Campbell and Art Briles. ... Thursday morning, senior football student-athletes will help incoming Baylor students arriving at South Russell Residence Hall as part of the school's annual campus Move-In Day (from 10 a.m. to noon)... Coach Briles will hold his first weekly radio show Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. CDT. The Central National Bank Art Briles Call-In Show will air every Thursday (except Aug. 28 and a Wed. show Sept. 17) on KRZI 1660AM in Waco, on KZNX 1530AM in Austin and KCUB 98.5FM in Stephenville... 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. 20, 2008
On the team's progress so far:
"The thing about spring ball and fall camp is when you line up, you line up against yourselves. The thing we need to is get on the field and test ourselves against other people; that day's coming. That's what we're excited about because we've done a lot of work, but it's been only against ourselves. So, we need to get out and test the waters so to speak."
On the opener against Wake Forest:
"We're going to play and play hard. We're excited that it's at home and that's the main thing. We're getting to open up on national TV on our home field. That's the thing that excites me. And we have a chance to let our guys get on the field and show what they can do."
On implementing his offensive system:
"We've got in a bunch of it, but we're not at where we've got to be. There is a lot of fine tuning left as far as understanding what to do and when to do, especially from the offensive standpoint. We are getting a better grip on things. ... It's coming, but it's still a process."
On the depth at running back:
"You've got to have more than one guy at the running back in Division I-A ball. You've got to have two or three and actually, we use three or four. We've always liked to have a lot of depth there. These guys can play. They're good football players. I'd rather have a guy on the field helping with a possibility to make some plays for us rather than stand and watch when we feel like he's a good athlete."
On ball security:
"It's something you talk about all the time. It's like saying the speed limit is 70, and you think, `Well I can drive 74.' If you get a ticket going 74, next thing you know, you might drive 70. We talk about ball security all the time, but until it happens, where it doesn't work out for you, you don't really take notice. Our guys have taken notice."
On Jeremy Sanders:
"He might play some plays at QB, but he'll be a running back ... He's kinda been nicked up the last few days. When he gets healthy, he's a very dynamic player. He's a guy that can change the tempo of the game just with his attitude and his effort. He's a high-effort guy now and he ain't afraid to be tough. That's the kind of guys you like to be around."