"We're never going to add stuff. Everything is pretty much already in there and has been in there,'' Dawson said. "If anything, we're more likely to take stuff out.''
On the defensive side, the situation is just the opposite, of course. With a virtually new defensive staff and without most of the graduated playmakers from a year ago, the task in the spring is much as it was on offense a year ago - both installing a new system and finding the right players to execute it.
And after the first practice was in the books, Holgorsen was far from ready to pass judgment on the job done on either side of the ball.
"The bottom line is that it was the first day and without pads, but from an offensive perspective it was where we were a year ago defensively,'' Holgorsen said, referring to an established defensive scheme and players who knew how to run it. "From a defensive perspective it's where we were offensively a year ago. The roles have been flipped. But we've got a long ways to go on both sides.''
BRIEFLY: Holgorsen was rather stunned by opening camp in temperatures hovering in the mid-60s and sunny skies.
"It was awesome. We didn't have one day like this last year. There was a big ol' cloud above our head for a long time,'' Holgorsen said. "I didn't think this weather existed here in March or April.''
"We kicked around the Sunday thing for a long time. Just getting them back into the rhythm of a work week I think is going to be good for us,'' Holgorsen said. "Last year we did mornings, which I didn't like. Getting them back on Sundays, they don't need to worry about school, but can be back ready for school on Mondays. Study hall is open [Sunday after practice], so they'll get back to thinking about school on Monday morning.
"For every college kid across the country, it's always been a struggle to get them thinking about school until they wake up on Mondays. That's going to work out well for us.''
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