The St. John’s football team held its third practice of the season Tuesday night at Clemens Stadium – its first in shoulder pads.
That meant the offensive and defensive lines got to go against each other for the first time.
“There was a lot of intensity tonight,” senior defensive end Jake King said afterward. “A lot more than I was expecting, but that’s a good thing. That’s what we need is to really go at each other and raise everybody’s level of play.”
King said the defense – which returns eight starters from a year ago – is already coming together as a unit.
“It’s helpful to have the experience we have with each other now,” King said. “We didn’t lose too many guys from last year and it just feels like we’re a lot more gelled as a group already this season.”
After two straight night practices, Wednesday’s practice was originally moved to 3:30 p.m. But now, because of the chance for inclement weather later in the day, the Johnnies will begin practice at 9:30 a.m.
That means players will be back on the field 12 hours after leaving it Tuesday night.
“That’s good,” King said. “I think we’re ready for that. We got the first taste tonight and we’re all ready to get back out there for more.”
A couple of notes from Tuesday night:
* Senior running back Harry Awe left practice early to ice a sore hamstring.
* Sophomore wide receiver Rob Voshell also sat out the rest of practice after landing hard on his tailbone while making a catch.
* A group of about 20-30 people were on hand watching practice Tuesday.