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Bobcats Begin Full-Contact Drills Monday

Bobcats Begin Full-Contact Drills Monday


Athens, Ohio - Ohio returned to its new practice facility Monday afternoon for its first full-pad workout of preseason drills. Monday's morning practice was conducted on the astroturf surface at Pruitt Field because of overnight rain showers. The double sessions came on the heels of a single workout and meetings on Sunday.

The Bobcat coaching staff has initiated a new feature in the practice routine - the fourth-quarter gun. With 30 minutes left in the two-hour sessions, the coaches fire a starter's pistol, signaling the need for increased intensity, focus and work ethic. "With the schedule we have, the fourth quarter could be critical each week," said coach Brian Knorr. "We wanted to create a reminder in the player's heads that the intensity level needs to be consistent."

Knorr has been pleased with the Bobcats' first week of practice. "I am very pleased with the progress we are making on both sides of the ball," he said. "I think we are a little bit ahead of schedule when it comes to the installation of new things. I am also excited about the condition the players are in. I think that so many of them staying this summer has paid off in that department."

Injuries have only played a small role in Ohio's preseason drills so far, with only two of note. Senior linebacker Matt Weikert will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery tomorrow to repair torn cartilage, while sophomore Andre Parker had pins surgically inserted into a broken finger earlier today.

The Bobcats will continue with two practice sessions tomorrow before holding their first scrimmage Wednesday morning.

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