April 4, 2008
ORLANDO, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - The UCF football team surpassed the halfway point of spring practices on Friday as the Knights completed their eighth practice with an abbreviated session inside the Nicholson Fieldhouse. The Knights worked out for just over an hour and a half, moving the practice indoors for the second time this spring after strong storms hit the area on Thursday night.
The practice was shortened with the full first-scale scrimmage of the spring scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m., but both of the team's coordinators were pleased with the pace and the effort during Friday's workout.
"We had a little bit of an abbreviated practice today, but we had some really good reps on some things we needed to work on," defensive coordinator Dave Huxtable said. "We were able to get a lot of repetitions in on things we needed to fix and get corrected."
The former Knights' linebackers coach is spending his first spring as the defensive coordinator and he has the luxury of working with a veteran group on the defensive side of the ball. With nine starters returning and several young players who were able to get experience a year ago, Huxtable is eager to see how his unit performs on Saturday.
"After eight days of spring practice, the kids have come out and really been focused," Huxtable added. "There has been good effort. We are not where we want to be yet and we still have a lot of work to do ... but I am looking forward to Saturday's scrimmage. We have competition going on at every position and having all of the experience back has been a big help to the young kids."
Offensively, the Knights got a lot of repetitions in on the passing game and offensive coordinator Tim Salem was able to rotate a lot of players during the workout.
"That is the beauty of spring practice. You are able to give a lot of guys reps and turns. You can move some guys around from position-to-position and there is no scoreboard out on the practice fields, so the work is obviously the focus," Salem said. "Everyday is a big day. We have an opportunity to try and install things, give different looks and try different things.
"It allows us in the long run to understand what needs to be accomplished for the fall when the games really count," Salem added. "We are trying to coach attitude and effort just as much as the plays. Your hustle and energy is just as important as getting better in the sound, fundamental plays."
The Knights will have one week of spring practices left following the conclusion of Saturday's scrimmage. The team will workout four times during the week prior to the annual spring game on Saturday, April 12.
UCF will hold its annual spring football game as part of the 2008 UCF Hall of Fame Weekend. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. and the game will be played for the first time in Bright House Networks Stadium.
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