There are always a lot of "firsts" when a new coaching regime takes over a team. First press conference. First team meeting. First workout. Tuesday was Paul Haynes' first practice and Friday was the first with the "shells," meaning shoulder pads only. He wasn't entirely pleased with the effort given. Monday will be the first day in full pads and next Friday will be the first time the team scrimmages a bit. KSU did get into it with the shells on with 7-on-7s and a couple periods of 11-on-11, if only at about 80-percent speed.
Continuing the shuffling around that'll continue to happen along the offensive line, the left side stayed intact with the first three practices—Reno Reda at left tackle, Pat McShane at left guard and Phil Huff at center—but the right side was mixed up a bit. Max Plunkett got time with the first-team at right guard and Jason Bitsko was at right tackle. Anthony Pruitt was with the second-team at right guard. Terrell Johnson spent much of practice off to the side doing light workouts. More will be known about his status next week.
David Fisher got a little more time with the first-team offense than Colin Reardon tonight but again struggled. He did have a nice throw while on the run, bouncing back out of the pocket and hitting receiver Josh Boyle for what would have been a first down.
Boyle will be fighting for a reserve receiver spot and had a great practice. He also hauled in probably the best throw of practice from Reardon on a deep route down the sideline. Later, Reardon had a second great throw, fitting a 30-yard pass through a tight window to tight end Kyle Payton.
Get the hammer
Receiver Tyshon Goode, safety Calvin Tiggle and receiver Brandon Good, who all spent Friday night practice off to the side, got their work in with some new props. All three rotated between doing some boxing exercises and hitting a tire with a sledgehammer. It was Rocky IV for MAC football.
Play of the Day: In 11-on-11s, Dri Archer snaked his way through the hole and bounced a run outside that would have gone for a 60-yard touchdown. It's almost a surprise it took three practices for that to happen.
Quote of the Day:
"If you wanna be a championship team, you gotta have championship practices. And today wasn't a championship practice."
- Paul Haynes, on Friday's unfocused practice