Aug. 15, 2007
Orlando, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - A full two weeks of fall camp are now complete as the UCF football team went through its 14th practice of the preseason in full pads Wednesday afternoon. For the second consecutive day, the Knights worked in groups as part of their individual sessions and closed out the session in team situations.
The offensive and defensive lines squared off as both units worked on the run game, while the wide receivers and defensive backs worked on contact drills and then went through various pass routes with the quarterbacks. The special teams' emphasis of the day was on punt return.
"We've been through 14 days of practice and we are getting to the point where football gets tough, your legs are tired, your head is pounding from the hitting, but our kids have been giving great effort and they've been pushing forward," UCF offensive coordinator Tim Salem said. "It's the grunt-work time of year, but our kids are staying focused and when you work hard now, your pay off value comes as the season progresses."
Salem has seen his offense progress from the opening of camp as the unit once again worked on skeleton passing drills and also worked on team blitz situations as well.
"Obviously with practice, we are getting better," Salem added. "Everyday in some phase of the game, we are getting better whether its pass protection, run-blocking schemes, bending your knees and striking somebody harder and tougher. And, as the kids get a little smarter with their assignments, they can play faster and tougher. The improvement is noticeable and that is always a positive note."
The session ended with the freshmen on the team going through Oklahoma drills as the upperclassmen cheered them on.
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