Wildcats Training Camp: Day 9
HOUSTON -- When rain in Houston pushed Los Angeles Wildcats practice inside on Monday morning, some may have thought that may have been the biggest change from a normal day of practice.
However, they would be wrong. The biggest difference came halfway through practice when Wildcats’ head coach Winston Moss donned his now famous megaphone and demanded the group to gather around the 35-yard-line.
Defense on the 40 and offense on the 30.
It was time for Oklahoma drills.
Defense versus offense.
One on one.
For the next 15 minutes, a symphony of football-related chaos ensued. The sounds of pads and helmets cracking together was only muffled by the sounds of screams, trash talk and callouts from each side of the 35 yard line. As for the players? Well, they loved it.
"Just playing football in general, you alway have to go back to the roots. Just with everybody growing up playing football, that’s how we all started," said linebacker Tre’ Williams said about the drill. "Seeing who is tough and who is not. This brought the fun and liveness back into the game."
"It's for the love of football. The XFL keeps saying it and it rings true. Today, this drill got the liveness back in here. You know, Coach Moss loves competition and that’s what we brought today."
The rest of practice saw the team work on ironing out the kinks that were shown during Saturday’s joint practice with the DC Defenders.
"I see a lot of toughness in our squad. There are a lot of guys that haven’t played ball in a while, there are some older guys and of course they have some nicks and bruises here and there but they still come out to practice and they work," Williams said about the team. “Today, everyone came out to practice today. We really feel like we’re growing"
One thing is for sure with the Wildcats, there is no lack of team chemistry. From the speed in which the roster collapses onto a team huddle or the constant comradery shown on the sidelines throughout the 120 minute practice, it was obvious that the team is starting to gel and come together.
"Man, ever since day one when we came in, we just grew together. We all have different backgrounds, different college, different stuff like that but soon as we put the Wildcat across our chest, we became brothers. So, of course between the lines there is a lot of competition, getting each other better but at the end of the day we are all brothers."
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"From the speed in which the roster collapses onto a team huddle or the constant comradery shown on the sidelines throughout the practice, it was obvious that the team is starting to gel and come together."