BATON ROUGE, La. – Southern began fall camp August 6th, but the Jaguars opening practice was different from years’ past. Instead of starting when the roosters crow at 6 a.m., the Jags began practice at 8:45 in the morning, and the session was barely two hours long. The short practice was not a one-time occurrence but a new philosophy under interim head coach Jason Rollins.
“Tempo and pace. You get the same amount of reps, but you get it at a faster pace. The more meeting time that you have, you don’t have to teach as much on the field. We felt we had a great summer football school so, going into the fall camp, we’re able to just go out and rep it now,” Rollins said.
“A big emphasis on transition on the field. No walking on the field. No wasted time. As you guys look out there, nobody’s ever standing around. This is time to get reps to see what they know, to develop their skillsets, right? The actual time that we’ll be out here will be shorter, but we’ll get double the reps that we got in last year’s camp,” offensive coordinator Zack Grossi said.
The Jags plan to make the practice schedule the new norm this fall.
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