If two practices surrounded by position meetings was not enough, the team also had to battle temperatures which soared into triple digits. Officially, the high for Thursday was 104 degrees but little side effects were seen on the field. The sports medicine staff pushed fluids throughout the evening practice and the players were provided cold towels in the middle of the two-hour session to ease the sting.
Despite the heat and the grind of training camp, senior linebacker was excited to don the pads.
"It was great, we've been waiting all summer long for this," Badger said. "It's real exciting to get the pads on and hit someone. (The defense) is always ready to come out and try to get after the offense."
The rivalry between the offense and defense was visible in the finals segments of the evening practice but it was a kicker who brought the team together. After the two sides each claimed a victory in the first drives, junior Edward Ruhnke split the uprights from 52-yards out to end the night.
"Overall, I think the first week has been good and we are coming together as a team," Badger said. "We definitely still have some things to work on but it is a good start."
The defensive play of the night came from senior defensive end who dropped into coverage to make a leaping interception on a short pass attempt from .
Junior receiver hauled in a long pass from Safron for a 30-yard touchdown (give or take a yard or two) down the right sideline during the team period.
The team will remain in full pads on Friday morning (9-11:15) as well as the early practice on Saturday (9-11 a.m.) and on Sunday (9:45-12).
June 24, 2013 CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR LLOYD SNELSON SET FOR TUESDAY
April 29, 2013 KNOWLES, McMAHON TO GET NFL OPPORTUNITIES
April 27, 2013 FOOTBALL CLOSES SPRING BALL WITH FINAL SCRIMMAGE
February 6, 2013 Football Closes Signing Day with 26-Man Recruiting Class
January 28, 2013 football to Host Signing Day Party on Feb. 6
January 11, 2013 Sellers, Smith Latest to Join Football Midyear Signing Class
January 2, 2013 T.J. Knowles to Play in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl
December 21, 2012 Hunke, Duckett Add to Football's Early Recruiting Class
December 19, 2012 Aysse, Kendal Become First Signees of 2013 Football Class
November 26, 2012 Ray and Barnes Add Hornet Flavour to Grey Cup Title
November 20, 2012 Eleven Football Players Earn All-Big Sky Honors
November 20, 2012 Bloomfield, Safron, Davis Earn Football MVP Honors
November 17, 2012 Football Can't Overcome Miscues in 34-17 Causeway Classic Loss
November 15, 2012 Scholarshare to Become Title Sponsor of Causeway Cup
November 14, 2012 Football Closes Regular Season with Causeway Classic on Saturday
November 3, 2012 Turnovers Costly in Football's 20-17 Loss to No. 3 Montana State
October 29, 2012 Safron Named Root Sports Big Sky Player of the Week
October 27, 2012 Football Knocks off No. 11 Cal Poly, 35-29
October 26, 2012 Sacramento State and Holy Cross Still Connected After 43 Years
October 25, 2012 Memorial for John Boomfield set for Monday, Oct. 29
October 23, 2012 Football Renews Rivalry with Cal Poly on Saturday
October 21, 2012 Sacramento State Mourns the Passing of John Bloomfield
October 17, 2012 Comcast Hometown Network to Televise Saturday's Football Game
October 16, 2012 Football Travels to Top-Ranked Eastern Washington on Saturday
October 10, 2012 Football Takes on Weber State for Homeconing on Saturday
October 8, 2012 Badger Named Root Sports Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week
October 6, 2012 Football Knocks Off Southern Utah, Wins Third Straight Road Game
October 2, 2012 Football Returns to Southern Utah for Big Sky Matchup
October 1, 2012 Edgar Castaneda Named Root Sports Big Sky Player of the Week
September 29, 2012 Offense Erupts, Defense Responds in 54-31 Win at Idaho State
September 25, 2012 Nash Returns to Cardinals; Fleming to Play for Mountain Lions
September 22, 2012 Football Can't Overcome Mistakes in Big Sky Loss to North Dakota
September 19, 2012 Hornet Football Weekly Returns to Thursday Night
September 18, 2012 Football Begins Big Sky Play Agianst North Dakota on Saturday Night
September 17, 2012 Osagie Odiase Named Big SKy Root Sports Defensive Player of the Week
September 15, 2012 Football Claws Way to 28-17 Vicotry Over Nothern Colorado
September 12, 2012 Football Home Opener Agianst Northern Colorado on Saturday
September 10, 2012 Safron, Castaneda Named Big Sky Players of the Week
September 8, 2012 Castaneda's Game-Winning Field Goal Gives Football 30-28 Win at Colorado
September 4, 2012 Football Heads to Colorado for Second Straight FBS Game
August 30, 2012 Several Ways to Follow Football Opener on Thursday
August 30, 2012 Football Falls at New Mexico State in 2012 Season Opener
August 27, 2012 Football Opens Season on Thursday at New Mexico State
August 21, 2012 Football Media Guide Now Online; Final Scrimmage on Wednesday
August 15, 2012 Football Holds Frist Scrimmage & Bee a Hornet on Saturday
August 10, 2012 First Practice in Pads Ends with a Boot
July 31, 2012 Football Begins Training Camp on Sunday
July 26, 2012 Dinner Under the Lights to Take Place on August 25
July 19, 2012 Travel with Hornet Footabll in 2012
July 15, 2012 Todd Davis Named Preseason All-Big SKy