FLORENCE -- Even as the heat index creeped past 100 degrees Wednesday, the University of North Alabama continued to push the tempo on its fifth day of practice.
"We pushed it pretty well today," said UNA head coach Bobby Wallace. "We got a little slow at the end but it was the first day of class, our first day in full pads and the heat was turned up on us today so I would say we managed it all pretty well."
Wallace said the intensity and focus at the Lions first five days of practice has been good for an obvious reason.
"There is no one on this football team who can slack off and know they will have a position to play," he said. "Everybody knows they're fighting for their job and that keeps them working and competing instead of worrying about anything else or looking ahead. It's a great situation to have this type of competition and depth."
Wallace welcomed junior defensive back Floyd Jones of Town Creek back to the practice field Wednesday, although he was not allowed to wear pads yet due to NCAA regulations. Jones injured his hand in the summer and was wearing a hard cast Wednesday. The Lions do not expect the 2012 GSC Defensive Freshman of the Year to miss any games.
The Lions return to the practice field Thursday at 3:15.