Three Down, 12 to Go
March 31, 2012
Oxford, Ohio -- The first week of spring football drills at Miami University has come and gone. Three practices down and 12 to go. Some 85 players, including nearly 20 walk-ons, are getting back to basics.
Offensive coordinator John Klacik is pleased with the progress they've made during week one, especially when he compares it to last spring's more necessary slower pace.
"During the first two days we got re-acclimated to playing football, lining up in formations and taking snaps", said Klacik. "Then today (Friday), when we put the pads on, it's a different type of acclimation, getting used to having full gear on."
"The older guys have retained a lot of stuff and the younger players are trying to catch up," he continued. "Everyone's more relaxed and everyone's more patient, because we know what's going on. We know the calls. It's a lot easier to teach that way. Our guys are much more focused on learning because they know the fundamentals already, and that's important."
Klacik now tutors the tight ends and he's already seeing dividends.
"Our tight ends are doing a good job," he said. "I think they're getting a little more attention. In the past, we didn't have a specific tight ends coach who was right there with them. Now, they've got a guy they can come to and ask questions. So I think that's going to be really good for their growth process."
Having handed off coaching responsibilities for the offensive line to Ed Stults, Klacik is much more able to get tuned in to the entire offense.
"It's great to be able to walk around and see the big picture," said Klacik. "In the past I was focused on those five guys up front. Now, I get to see how everybody fits in to what we're doing. And it's also a way for me during practice to give them one voice."
Next week, Klacik said that the staff is going to begin inserting plays that they'll use in the Sept. 1 season opener.
"Hopefully the plays we're adding is what we'll use against Ohio State," he said. "We've got to keep adding to see how much faster we can learn."
Practices next week are on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.