Inside Renegades Training Camp: Day 1
HOUSTON -- It felt like a big football day at Darrell Tully Stadium on Sunday. The weather was perfect (70 degrees and sunny with a light breeze), Commissioner Oliver Luck stopped by Renegades practice and Dallas head coach Bob Stoops was fired up to start the final march toward the season and franchise opener on Feb. 9 against St. Louis.
"I'm really excited. Guys came back in really good condition, ran through their conditioning tests with no issues," Stoops said. "We had a good, long walkthrough and the guys retained a lot. They’re really smart, and a lot of fun to work with."
Sunday's practice was focused on conditioning, light drills and walkthroughs, but Monday's practice will see the Renegades suit up in full pads and start full contact. Stoops, a former safety known for his love of physical contact during his playing days, relishes when the hits start coming.
"That’s a big deal. We’re finally getting pads on tomorrow and we’ll see who’s going to pop somebody, who’s got some oomph to them," he said. "I’m looking forward to that, getting some real football in."
Training Camp Notes
The Renegades welcomed some new faces to the squad on Sunday. Linebacker Markus Jones, acquired in a trade with St. Louis for receiver Keith Mumphery, was joined by waiver signees James Quick (WR), Christian Kuntz (LB) and Derrick Puni (OT). View the full, updated Renegades roster here.
In one of the most fun sights of the day, Director of Player Personnel Daryl Johnston took part in some of the team conditioning, including active stretches and sprints.
Luck is no stranger to Darrell Tully Stadium, which is the home field of the Stratford Spartans, his son Andrew Luck's high school program.
"We’re not going to go too hard. We’ve got to keep guys healthy, but you can still see who can play physical."
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