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First Football Practice Shortened by Storm

August 5, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Flames meet as a team on the field following their morning testing drills, officially opening Liberty's 2010 August training camp.

The Flames meet as a team on the field following their morning testing drills, officially opening Liberty's 2010 August training camp.

Post-Practice Interview with Coach Rocco (audio file)

If the Central Virginia area wanted to avoid a drought that has plagued the area for the last two months, it should have asked the Flames football team to report for its annual August training camp earlier.

For the second time in less than 24 hours, the heavens opened up and quickly dumped multiple inches of rain on Liberty Mountain, shortening the first practice of the 2010 season on Thursday afternoon.

Following an early morning session, that included the close of summer workouts, the 90-plus players who reported for training camp were issued equipment in the morning and had their first position meetings of the season around midday.

At roughly 2:15 p.m., the Flames were "on the line" for their first official practice of the year. As part of the NCAA-mandated, four-practice acclimation period, the Flames practiced without pads today. They will do the same tomorrow and will work out in just shells on Saturday and Sunday (helmets and shoulder pads). Liberty will have its first full gear practice on Monday afternoon.

Around 4 p.m., two-time national coach of the year candidate Danny Rocco pulled his team off the Williams Stadium FieldTurf because the skies started to darken on the north side of campus. Less than 20 minutes later, a second significant rain storm blanked the area, leaving the playing field to look much like it did for Liberty's game against No. 6 James Madison last September.

Despite the shortened workout period, Rocco was still pleased with the effort given by his 2010 squad on their first day. He is most pleased in the condition that his returning players are coming back to camp, starting "this is the best shape I've ever seen this group during the five years I've been head coach."

The Flames will have another "no pads" practice tomorrow evening, starting at roughly 6:45 p.m., before returning to a pair of afternoon workouts (2:20 to 5 p.m.) in "shells" on Saturday and Sunday.