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UNA OPENS FOOTBALL CAMP WITH NIGHT PRACTICE FLORENCE, Ala. -- University of North Alabama Head Football Coach Bobby Wallace welcomed 126 players to the first day of the Lions' pre-season football camp and put the team through a two hour workout under the lights in a late evening practice.
With the team working out in 60 degree temperatures, Wallace said it certainly wasn't the typical first day of fall practice.
"There was good enthusiasm and the players were excited, but you expect that on the first day, especially with it being this cool."
Wallace said the players seemed to be in good condition but he said that remains to be seen.
"I certainly can't sit here and say that we did enough today to judge condition, but I know a lot of our guys put in a tremendous amount of work in the off-season and overall we looked pretty good."
Wallace said his plan for the first two days of practice is simple.
"Today and tomorrow we'll be just teaching," he said. "We will have a seven-on-seven period Thursday but it won't be competitive, just teaching. First the players have to learn what to do, then how to do it."
Wallace said the coaches threw a lot at the players in the first practice but they seemed to respond well.
"We probably put in 10 different running plays and five pass plays and that's a lot for the first day," Wallace said. "I think our retention was pretty good from the spring but we are doing some things differently on defense and a little bit on offense. It looked like they knew what they were doing for what we wanted today."
One area where Wallace said the Lions may have already helped themselves is at wide receiver.
"It does look physically that we have some guys who are running well and catching the ball and we definitely needed more depth there, especially at the outside receiver spots."
UNA will return to the practice field Thursday at 9 a.m.