April 4, 2014
The UC Davis football team will bring its first week of spring drills to a close on Saturday when the Aggies practice in full pads for the first time, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Aggie Stadium.
All Saturday practices are open to the public.
UC Davis wore only jerseys, shorts and helmets for its first two practices on Tuesday and Thursday, the former featuring constant rain. Intermittent rain enveloped the Aggies on Friday morning as they added shoulder pads.
Saturday will be the first day they'll be in full pads and head coach Ron Gould said the team is ready.
"This is what the team has been wanting to see," he said. "They want to cut it loose. The want to hit and clack and play everything live. They'll get the opportunity to do that on Saturday a little bit. Not everything will live. They'll be some things that will be thud-tempo which is a non-tackle drill, but they'll be some times that we'll cut it loose and everything will be full-go."
Energy has been high over the first three practices and Gould has been pleased with the Aggies' approach to the job at hand during the first week.
"I've been pleasantly surprised," he said. "They've been managing all the different formations. Guys are running around and playing fast and that's something we're very excited about.
"It's been definitely pleasing for me to see the effort they're giving," he added. "That's one of the things that we talk about. We're not going to condition if we're running in practice. We should be able to get the majority of our conditioning done in the body of practice. To see these guys come out here and really fly around and stay on their feet without the pads has been great."
All Saturday practices during the spring season, which concludes with the annual Spring Game on Apr. 26, are open to the community to come watch.