Posted: Aug 21, 2012 9:14 AM by Derek Buerkle - KPAX Sports
Updated: Aug 21, 2012 8:53 AM
MISSOULA- Fall camp is designed to get every football team ready for a new season, but it's also a grueling slog through hot weather that most players can't wait to finish. The Grizzlies got a bit of a break with their first off day in two weeks on Sunday, and it showed Monday.
Montana held their second practice of the day under the lights at Washington-Grizzly Stadium, with coach Mick Delaney saying the later practices make a huge difference in the team's intensity. The players we talked with agreed, saying they feel refreshed and ready to tackle their final week of camp.
"It definitely gives you back some fresh legs. Everybody comes back feeling fine. We've got some people that were down coming back. So, it feels pretty good to have the majority of your team come back," quarterback Trent McKinney said.
"It's nice because all the stress that you've been working on, everything can kind of just go out the window for, you know, how many hours we had. Twelve hours to do whatever we wanted to do, and then just come back. [You] feel more fresh, kind of like [getting] your second legs [or] your second wind," added Griz tight end Greg Hardy.
Delaney says the Griz will try something new during the school year to keep the players fresh. They will do a little work on Sundays, and take Mondays off for the first time.Montana wraps up fall camp on Saturday and then begins their game week preparation for the opener against South Dakota next week.