Hoosiers In Pads For First Time
March 26, 2002Bloomington, Ind. - The Indiana football team completed its third day of spring practice at Mellencamp Pavilion on Tuesday night, but the practice marked the first time that the players were in full pads. Tuesday's practice was also the first indoor practice, after each of the first two were held outdoors at Memorial Stadium.
First-year head coach Gerry DiNardo and his coaching staff led a group of players that were clearly excited to be in full pads and able to hit.
Coach DiNardo spoke after practice about some the differences between practicing with and without pads and also about what he and his coaching staff are looking for during spring drills:
Coach DiNardo regarding the change in atmosphere when the players are in pads for the first time:
"Without question the atmosphere is different in the first practice with pads. Right now the work ethic is good. Certainly we are not a finished product yet, but we have had three good days of practice. We have been practicing for three days now and they have all been good. The first two practices, without pads, there is a lot of teaching going on. With this change now we are definitely excited."
Coach DiNardo regarding what the coaches are trying to accomplish at this early stage:
"We are still looking for our players. Whenever you first start and especially when you are first implementing a program, you are looking for who your players are. You have to come out of the spring feeling ready for the season and the way to do that is to have a good work ethic."
Coach DiNardo regarding the players that have emerged as leaders on this team:
"Until we have our first scrimmage, we aren't going to know for sure who are players are. It is difficult to tell at this point when we haven't seen them in game situations, and we'll have to wait until we do have that first scrimmage before we get a good idea."
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