(Memphis) The University of Memphis began its first full week of practices on Monday in shells – helmets, shoulder pads and shorts. The workout was the team’s fourth practice since opening camp last Thursday and concludes a four-practice acclimation period.
Memphis will put on full pads for the first time Tuesday but the addition of gear will not mean much difference between the previous two practices.
“There is a little bit of a difference in our schedule but we will not cut or tackle to the ground tomorrow,” said head coach Justin Fuente. “We will not do that until we get to scrimmage days, but once you get to shells you get to do just about everything that you do in pads.”
Thunderstorms began moving towards the Murphy Athletic Complex during the final periods of Monday’s practice, cutting the workout just prior to the start of the final five-minute period. Fuente said the squad got in its work for the day and said he was encouraged by the team’s efforts.
“I think the guys came out here prepared to go to work today,” he said. “It wasn’t perfect execution but I thought the guys tried to get better today. I was kind of proud of them.”
Following Tuesday’s first practice in pad, the team will have its first set of two-a-day practices on Wednesday and a second set of two-a-days on Friday before scrimmaging for the first time on Saturday.
Memphis opens the 2013 season Sept. 7 when the Tigers play host to Duke in Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.