The session was held on one of the practice fields where field turf has been installed since last spring. The fields are NFL-type quality, explaining why practice was moved from PJCS. However, not having an elevated view makes it difficult for fans to get an overall impression of how practice is going.
Nice crowd, probably between 300 and 400 people on hand to get their first look. People who attend football practices are usually diehards but attendees included a pretty good mix of youngsters, girl friends, parents, former football players, retirees, boosters and some wannabes.
Quiet crowd, though, people anxious to see something good in a practice session where only routine stuff is happening. If anyone spoke out loud, you could be certain you were overhead by at least 10 people. Too quiet for football fanatics.
Steve Kragthorpe has a way of disappearing during practice sessions. During the Petrino years, Bobby was always easy to find because he was either chewing somebody out or glaring at them. With everyone situated at ground level and the different units spread out over the practice facility, Kragthorpe was difficult to find. Had to leave early, never saw him.