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Aug. 1, 2008
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati football team opened its fall camp at Nippert Stadium today (Aug. 1) on one of the hottest days of the summer. The Bearcats returned to the field where temperatures felt like almost 100 degrees. Due to the NCAA five-day acclamation period, the players were suitably prepared as they practiced in shorts and helmets and without pads.
"It was a hot day out here," said head coach Brian Kelly. "A good day to start obviously because it gives you a good feel where your team is. Our physical preparation was outstanding. Paul Longo did a great job handing off the baton to me in terms of the football team we have. They are in great shape physically and we are so far ahead of last year in terms of our physical component."
UC used cooler early morning temperatures to do conditioning before starting formal practice at 3 p.m. The squad spent the early portion of practice loosening up and honing their skills in groups where they worked on the intricacies of their positions.
As practice progressed, the offensive and defensive skills groups broke out into seven-on-seven drills, while the defensive and offensive lines worked on their techniques.
"Our kids hit the ground running," said Kelly. "I was pleased with the first day of practice. I would like to be upset about some things, and I am sure after watching film I will see places to improve, but I like the team's demeanor and the way they came to practice."
UC hits the practice field again Saturday morning at Nippert Stadium, before the Bearcats pack their bags and head to the Camp Higher Ground Conference Center in the afternoon to begin a two-week stay.