The Johnnies practiced for the second time this preseason, going for two hours Monday night mostly under the lights at Clemens Stadium.
Still mostly position work, though the final 30 minutes included some offense vs. defense action between the defensive backs, receivers and quarterbacks.
Because of the new lights at Clemens Stadium, the team can practice at night, as they will again Tuesday and Thursday. Wednesday is scheduled to be an afternoon practice with the first two-a-day of the preseason – at 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. – set for Friday.
“We’re used to having meetings at this time, now we’re meeting in the afternoon and coming out here when we’re down with supper,” junior offensive tackle Jack Hedlund said after Monday’s practice. “It feels like we should be going up to the Science Hall for meetings and instead we’re on the field.
“But it’s nice because it keeps us out of the heat.”
Practice Sunday and Monday was just in shorts, jerseys and helmets. Tuesday, the shoulder pads come on for the first time.
“That’s always fun,” Hedlund said. “I know the defense gets kind of geeked up about that and goes pretty hard. But it’s nice on the line because we can work on a lot more stuff.”
A few notes from Monday’s practice:
* Senior tight end Wade Powers was limited in practice because of a hamstring he said tightened up on him after practice Sunday. He said it was simply precautionary.
* Sophomore backup running back Blake Boran left practice early Monday with what looked to be a knee injury.