Energy Runs High At First Spring Practice

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Tight ends coach Scott Wachenheim was a loud, easily distinguishable voice throughout the Cavaliers’ first spring practice.

“Hope you’ve got your tail pads in!”

The words of tight ends coach Scott Wachenheim rang through the football practice fields at University Hall on Monday afternoon as the Cavaliers loosened up for their first practice with the new coaching staff of Mike London in place. Of course, the Cavaliers didn’t have their tail pads in, nor any other pads – the first two practices are helmets only.

As the Cavaliers jogged onto the field just before 4 p.m. on Monday, there was a sense of glee coming from the players. They laughed, they joked, they yelled. Perhaps the practice was a breath of fresh air for the players, with the final game of a dismal 3-9 season four months ago seeming like a distant but still irritating memory. But, as Wachenheim hinted in a not-so-subtle way, this practice wasn’t a walk in the park, either. As individual drills broke into a team offense-defense drill in the latter part of practice, energy and competitiveness ran high on both sides.

“Effort, energy,” said London when asked about what he looks for at the first spring practice. “The first two practices are helmeted practices only, so there’s no contact, but I want to see how guys are moving, running, their agilities, how the quarterbacks throw, how we run our routes – things that you need to be really good at if you’re going to go on.”

London also added, “Everything we do will be hustling, because I think you have to have that element added to you, whatever scheme that you’re playing, in order to be successful.”

Here are some more notes from Monday’s practice, which was taken in by ex-Cavaliers Jameel Sewell and Mikell Simpson , men’s basketball freshmen Jontel Evans and Tristan Spurlock