March 25, 2014
The Commodores made good use of the program's improved facilities Tuesday, starting the session outdoors only to complete more than an hour of team drills in the spacious indoor practice facility.
Head Coach Derek Mason was pleased with the Commodores' effort in both settings.
"This (indoor) practice facility is great and it allowed us to make sure we used our time wisely," Mason said during a post-practice interview from the indoor venue. "We got all of our individual work done outside, then came inside trying to make the most of our day.
"The guys came in here and worked hard. I saw a little give and take from both sides of the ball, but overall I'm pleased with what we did. We're continually getting better," the head coach added.
Starting the third week of Spring Ball with snow flurries falling, the Commodores went through a brisk two-hour practice in limited gear. Most of the team's 90-minute indoor segment was playbook expansion and 11-on-11 drills.
Mason's take on Saturday scrimmage in stadium
Mason saw plenty of positives from the team's first scrimmage, held Saturday in the stadium.
The coach said the team's offensive line "has a chance to be very good." He added the passing attack continues to show progress despite the absence of notable contributors.
Mason also praised the defense as it adjusts to a new 3-4 scheme. "They're making strides every time they hit the grass. We expected that to happen, but expect it to continue," he said.
Approaching midpoint of spring drills
The Commodores next practice, scheduled for Thursday afternoon, will leave the players just six more practice opportunities before the concluding Black & Gold Spring Game Saturday, April 12.
At the close of practice, Mason urged players to make the most of each remaining practice as they look to assure important roles this fall.