The Warriors completed their third — and final — practice of bye week with sprints and renewed enthusiasm.
“I think the development of the offense is progressing,” associate head coach Brian Smith said after today’s two-hour practice at the Ching Athletic Complex. “You can see that — growing through the second half of the Washington game, then Central Arkansas, then Reno. You’re seeing a progression of confidence … and familiarity and comfort playing together with each other offensively.”
This weekend is the second bye for the Warriors. The first break came after the season-opening victory over Arizona.
“The great thing about this one was coming off of travel,” said Smith, referring to the Warriors’ delayed return from the mainland following a 54-3 victory over Nevada a week ago. “It allowed us to have a few days to let the players catch up on sleep. A lot of the coaches got to stay (on the mainland) and recruit for a few days. And it gave us some extra time to start prepping for (next Saturday’s game against) Boise.”
An added boost was the return of center Kohl Levao, who has not played in a game this season since suffering an ailment during training camp.
“He’s back practicing,” Smith said. “It’s great. He’s another physical body. He has experience. As much depth as we can get on the O-line is great.”