Football Works Out In Full Pads For First Time

April 2, 2001

TIME TO GET PHYSICAL: The Blazer football team worked out in full pads for the first time Monday, practicing for just over two hours as spring practice continues.??

"It was a good practice, but we have to do better," said UAB Head Coach Watson Brown afterward.?

"Again, there was good effort, but we have some guys that need to get a little tougher and fight through the fatigue better.?? You could definitely see more mistakes as the day went on."

GOOD NEWS:? There were no injuries in Monday's first full-contact workout,? the only player not previously on "limited" or "no-contact" status that did not participate was junior receiver T.J. Simmons, who is still recuperating from off-season knee surgery.? Simmons has participated in non-contact work this spring, and worked out on the side Monday.

BETTER WEATHER:? After two days of wet, cold conditions last week, the Blazers had the luxury of sun, a relatively dry field and 70-degree temperatures for Monday's practice.

TUESDAY'S SCHEDULE: Practice at 3:00 pm in full gear.?

FIRST SCRIMMAGE: Set for Friday (Apr. 6) at 10:00 am.