Aug. 11, 2007
Media Day Photo Gallery
ATHENS, Ohio - Between practice sessions on the first day of two-a-days, the Bobcat football squad took time Saturday to talk with members of the local media on the team's annual Media Day.
Head Coach Frank Solich greeting the gathering with a general update on the state and mindset of the team as its winds down the first week of practice.
"We're off to a good start this season," Solich said. "We feel very comfortable about where our kids are mentally and the quality of their work ethic. Obviously, there have been some expectations that have been thrown our way this season because of what transpired last season. That said, we have to start all over again to make things work because this is a new season."
Offensive Coordinator Tim Albin also gave an update for the offense, and in doing so, had high praise for senior running back Kalvin McRae. McRae needs just 1,009 yards this season to break the school's career rushing record.
"He's obviously a tremendous talent," said Albin. "He can run it, catch it, contribute in the pass-blocking scheme and is very intelligent. Without a doubt, he's the most durable guy I've ever been associated with."
Defensive Coordinator Jimmy Burrow noted the departure of some key personnel from his unit, but said he's been pleased with what he's seen from those who will fill those positions this season.
"From a philosophy standpoint, we're going to continue to do a lot of the same things that we did last year," Burrow said. "We lost a lot of really great players last season, but all indications are that we had a great summer and the team chemistry is continuing to build early on this fall."
For information on tickets and the new Bobcat Family Package, which includes two adult and two youth (ages 3-18) season tickets for a total of $89, call the Ohio Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-575-CATS.