Inside Renegades minicamp: Day 5
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Progress was the highlight of Tuesday's practices. Temperatures dropped into the 30s, so the Renegades moved indoors at Arlington High School and went to work on offensive and defensive playcalling and positioning. Pushed at fast-paced tempos, players were run through drives up and down the field. It was a big test and a nice step forward for the team, according to quarterback Landry Jones.
"We're getting there. We've still got a lot, lot of stuff to clean up, but we're getting there," Jones said. "What we did today, getting everyone on the same page is a big deal. It's one thing putting it up on the board and having guys say, 'Yeah, yeah, I got that,' and another coming out here and having them do it. It's a little different."
One thing that's already exactly the way Jones wants it is his relationship with offensive coordinator Hal Mumme. The two are in constant conversation on and off the field, and appear to have a solid understanding already. A lot of that has to do with Mumme's demeanor, which meshes well with Jones' work ethic.
"He's real straightforward. He'll tell you how it is," Jones said. "You'd rather have that than someone who's going to pat you on the back all the time."
And in case anyone is curious, Jones said that after a week of practice with head coach Bob Stoops, things feel pretty much exactly as they did during the Oklahoma practices the two were a part of in the first part of the decade.
"It's just old hat. He's the same, never changes," Jones said with a grin. "Probably will never change."
- New faces also highlighted the day's session. Linebacker Asantay Brown officially put on a helmet after sitting out the previous days practices and watching from the sideline, and the team made a move by adding receiver Simmie Cobbs Jr. to the roster. Cobbs immediately dressed out and participated in passing drills. Cobbs was a standout at Indiana, where he hauled in 139 catches for 1,990 yards and 12 touchdowns over three seasons with the Hoosiers.
- Fans can now RSVP for Saturday's open practice to meet players and coaches at UT-Arlington's Maverick Stadium. at UT-Arlington's Maverick Stadium. The Renegades will hold an open practice for the public from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., and then sign autographs and take pictures with fans from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Many of the Renegades will also take part in Arlington's Parade of Lights that evening, as well.
He's real straightforward. He'll tell you how it is. You'd rather have that than someone who's going to pat you on the back all the time.