The first official team practice of the 2011 football season will take place Saturday at the practice field north of the Student Athlete Building.
After a rigorous off-season and months of training, the football team will meet together over the next three weeks to practice plays, condition and finalize their preparation for the season. Saturday’s practice will begin at 3:30 p.m. with the new team members, and veteran team members at 4 p.m. Practice is expected to run until 5:30 p.m.
Senior McKay Jacobson, a wide receiver, said team members have been training hard to make sure they are ready for fall camp.
“We’ve got to be ready to hit the ground running starting day one when we report for fall camp,” Jacobson said. “[Then we can] continue the momentum we’ve been trying to build throughout the summer.”
Practices will be open to the public on Friday, Aug. 12, at 10:15 a.m. and 4:50 p.m., as well as Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 10:15 a.m. at the SAB outdoor practice field. The other public practice, a scrimmage, will be held at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 10:15 a.m. In addition to the public practices, the Cougar Kickoff — a college version of a pep rally — will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 6 p.m. at Haws Field. The Cougar Kickoff is a fan event that will feature the football team and other BYU teams.
J.J. Di Luigi, senior running back, said he was confident in the team’s offensive abilities. Going into camp, he said, they’ll be able to mesh together even more as a unit.
“We had a great spring,” Di Luigi said. “I think we’re going to have an even better fall camp going into [the] season with a strong offense.”
Practice times are subject to change, but fans can expect the team to work hard as it prepares for Ole Miss on Sept. 3 and the rest of the scheduled opponents this season.
Junior middle linebacker Uona Kaveinga said he is excited for the new team, the new defense, the new offense and the new coaches.
“I’m excited for fall camp. Right now it’s just summer conditioning and getting ready for camp and [having] everyone come in healthy,” Kaveinga said. “I’m excited to see what we can do, and we’ll find out when Aug. 6 comes.”