Ball State's football team held its first two-a-day session Wednesday as practices No. 7 and 8 of Fall Camp were completed.
Pete Lembo, in his second year as the Cardinals head coach, answers some questions about Wednesday's practice sessions.
Q: Today marked the first two-a-days of Fall Camp. Do the practices differ and what are some positives to the two-a-days?
A: We went uppers in the morning and full pads under the lights. The morning session was two and a half hours and the night practice was a two hour session. We had a short 'first and 10' live period tonight. The remainder of both practices were very similar to our previous sessions so far this preseason. I thought we were a bit sluggish in the morning following an 'off day' on Tuesday. Tonight was not much better. We were inconsistent and lacked focus at times. Perhaps I will feel better about it after we watch the video early tomorrow morning.
Q: Yesterday marked the first off day from practice in Fall Camp. How did the team spend the day?
A: We had position meetings and special teams meetings in the morning. After lunch, the entire team participated in the "Paint the Town Red" event in Downtown Muncie. Our guys spread out and went into all the local businesses with posters, schedule magnets and ticket information. We received a very positive response for this effort to build support. In the afternoon, the players lifted weights and had more position meetings. After dinner, we took them down to Anderson University to watch the Colts practice. It was a good team building activity that provided more visibility for our program.
Q: With only 21 days left before the season opener, let's talk a little bit about position groups. Discuss the progress of the defensive line at this point in camp.
A: The defensive line is still a work in progress, but we have seen some flashes of quality play so far this preseason. We have a little more depth and competition for playing time compared to last year. These guys are also competing against a veteran offensive line every day in practice. That kind of competition and intensity makes everyone better. We lose some experienced players like Adam Morris and Andrew Puthoff from last year's team, so some younger and less tested guys will need to step up and be ready to play against Eastern Michigan. EMU also has a veteran offensive line, so we will know more about where we stand following the opening game.