Hoosiers Fight Through Heat and Humidity
August 15, 2003Bloomington, Ind.- Friday mornings practice was the shortest of fall camp as the temperatures continue to rise in Bloomington. The Hoosiers worked out for just under two hours in the morning and will take the field for their second session of the day in the late afternoon.
In addition to the tactical on field coaching that went on at practice there was one clear message that Coach DiNardo preached to his team..."take care of yourself". DiNardo stressed the importance of tempo at practice and taking care of ones body. He constantly is stressing the importance of fluids and getting the rest that is needed during such a heat wave that is hitting Bloomington.
Though the time on the field was shorter than usual, the tempo was quick and DiNardo stressed how important it will be to keep that tempo going in the afternoon session.
Both Bryan Robertson and Troy Grosfield worked on extra points and field goals to open practice. Graeme McFarland held for Robertson and Blake Powers held for Grosfield. Right from the get-go Aaron Halterman continued to show his leadership on the field continually pushing his teammates.
Glenn Johnson pulled down in an exceptional catch to convert on a 42- yard touchdown pass in 11-on-11. One entertaining grab during practice was the catch made by IU radio color commentator Dan Thompson. Thompson, a former Hoosier tight end under Coach Bill Mallory, pulled in an errant pass along the sideline without missing a beat.
The mood was good on the field and the intensity level was high despite the heat.
The day the Hoosiers get to workout on their new turf in Memorial Stadium grows ever closer and the players are excited about tomorrow's team scrimmage, the first of fall camp.
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