MONROE, La. - The ULM football team worked out for two hours and scrimmaged for nearly 30 minutes on Friday afternoon inside Malone Stadium. After working out in helmets and shorts on Monday and Wednesday, the Warhawks spent Friday's session in full pads.
"I think we got something done in terms of installation more than anything else," head coach Todd Berry said. "That is a big part of these first couple of practices. We will continue to install systems, knowing that were really aren't going to be perfect. Certainly the defense is far ahead of the offense, because they are in year two of installation."
Throughout today's work on the field, the defense unit excelled and made numerous sacks and stop behind the line of scrimmage, especially during the live scrimmage portion of the drills.
"I am excited about some of our linebackers who are playing fast and physical," Berry said. "Every time you look up they are making plays. Their success has a lot to do with the defensive scheme, because they are getting a chance to pop free and make a play."
After practice Berry discussed with his team the importance of giving their full effort and being aggressive on every play, even if they don't fully understand a new play.
"I told the players today that each position coach is looking for execution, technique, and fundamentals; more than anything else," Berry said. "I told the players, 'I want you to look down in your heart and see how hard you are willing to play, even if you don't know what you are doing, at least do something fast and physical.'"
"In terms of attitude and mentality I am very pleased with where we are at," Berry said. "I am more pleased because we are further ahead along those lines than I thought we would be. I think the players are starting to give themselves up to their coaches and I see the trust level that is starting to develop."