Detroit News reports that on Wednesday, the UM football team is heading for Ford Field in Detroit to practice for the season opener at Cowboys Stadium. It will be a practice, not a scrimmage. Hoke feels practicing at Ford Field will give his team a chance to get used to that dome environment.
In the article, Hoke states "(We will) practice with some situational, two-minute (drills), put the high-pressure stuff on them..."
"We're going to go down there and change up the environment a little bit,... and have some distractions that are built in when you do that. We've been doing some crowd noise. I think AC/DC was on today when we did some first-down stuff."
The Michigan football team cut its practice time more rapidly than originally expected in order to faster fulfill the 130 hours it must dock itself due to NCAA violations.
Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said Monday at the Big Ten spring meetings that the Wolverines have already removed two-thirds of the hours (roughly 85) docked due to the NCAA extra practice probe under former coach Rich Rodriguez.
The deadline for completing the practice reductions is the 2011-12 academic year, but according to Brandon (per ESPN):
"We're well ahead, and we will have given back all of those hours well before ," Brandon said.
Still, Brandon said the sanctions will have left their mark on the program.
"Our football team has practiced less than our competitors, and practice is one of the things you rely on to get better," he said. "So to a certain extent, we're at a competitive disadvantage. We had real, tangible penalties to deal with, and we are still dealing with them."
the coaching staff observing workouts and agility drills prior to official spring practice? Is M now getting together every day on the practice field?? Just wondering............
Buckeyes get going early
Grueling predawn workouts build team chemistry
FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010 3:18 AM
BY TIM MAY
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Defensive lineman Keith Wells makes waves with two 120-pound ropes in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The last of these six, hour-long workouts is set for Saturday morning.
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Coach Jim Tressel
Brian Rolle is not much different from most other college students. Given the choice, he'd prefer sleep over rolling out of bed at 5:15 a.m.
"But there's hard work to be done," the Ohio State senior linebacker said yesterday. "I've got to get to it."
He and the rest of the football players had just finished an hour-long workout that started at 6 a.m. It has become tradition for the Buckeyes to wrap up their winter conditioning with a week of beat-the-sunup drills. Yesterday, they included making waves with 120-pound, thick tugboat ropes and taking one another on 50-yard piggyback wind sprints.
"This was a good one. I think we really tired them out with this one," Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said, smiling, as he recapped the session. "There wasn't quite the shouting at the end like yesterday."
There was a lot of heavy breathing. Conditioning is the primary reason for the sessions, which run through Saturday morning, but they also serve another purpose.
"As hard as they are, it's the first time you get to see the team come together," senior receiver Dane Sanzenbacher said. "This is going to be our squad, and this is the first real activity we do as far as team-building."
With the team divided mostly by positions, the groups took turns at drill stations that included flipping the ropes, leaning down and pushing small wooden sleds, pulling weighted sleds, running patterns around cones, tiptoeing over obstacles in agility work, chasing one another in a figure-eight pattern around hoops, playing tug of war and, in the end, running various shuttles, including the piggyback and the wheelbarrow.
Taking part was junior quarterback Terrelle Pryor, about a month removed from arthroscopic surgery, which cleaned up some things in his left knee. Though he stuck out because of the white tights on his legs, he appeared to go full speed in every drill.
"It doesn't surprise me," Sanzenbacher said. "I don't think we were worried about it because I think we all know we've got the greatest doctors and trainers, and they take care of you.
"And a lot of times you'll hear guys say they don't want to be hurt during this portion, because our strength guys will put the injured guys through just as hard of a workout, if not harder. So guys are out here trying to get better, trying to get on the field."
For example, all of the regular offensive linemen were taking part - Michael Brewster, Justin Boren, J.B. Shugarts, Bryant Browning, Marcus Hall and Mike Adams. All seemed fit and trim, especially in the agility drills.
The enthusiasm within the team has been there since winter conditioning started, without much push from the seniors, Sanzenbacher said.
"And to be honest, it might have all started on Jan.1" with the win over Oregon in the Rose Bowl, he said. "When you get a positive thing going into the offseason, everybody is more excited to work."
What's also different is the new set of leaders. Seniors such as Rolle, Sanzenbacher, defensive lineman Cameron Heyward and others are stepping into those roles in a program that's riding a streak of five Big Ten championships.
"You're a senior now and you feel that entitlement, like this (team) is your baby and you've got to raise it," Heyward said. "The seniors, we come out here every day trying to push these guys. We want to go out right.
"It's a big challenge for the seniors coming up. You want to live up to that reputation. You don't want to be that first team to not get that Big Ten championship. It's a big step we've got to take."