It takes about five seconds of watching the Red Raiders in spring practices to see the biggest difference in the team under new head coach Kliff Kingsbury: speed, speed, speed.
"It's a thousand times different," Red Raider offensive lineman Jared Kaster said. "Coach Brown's offense (last year) was tempo and we wanted to go fast but Coach Kingsbury's is ten times faster."
"I thought we went fast last year when the coaches would call hurry-up," Red Raider linebacker Branden Jackson said. "But this year it's a lot different. I think the offense ran 50 or 60 plays at us. That's the first thing I noticed, we play a lot faster. Today was an eye-opener because he (Kingsbury) said we haven't even hit the peak yet."
When Kingsbury said that he wants an "up-tempo offense" at his initial press conference, he wasn't fooling around. The Red Raiders aim to play at a speed that's among the fastest in the nation. One reporter asked Kaster how he thought it would compare to Oregon's offense, often thought to be the fastest in the country:
"We're going to be faster,"
Kaster replied. "That's what we want to be. We want defenses to think, 'What the heck's going on?' We want to be as fast as we can possibly
Of course, to play at the speed
that Kingsbury wants his team to play, it takes a great deal of
conditioning - something Coach Kingsbury says will improve the more
practices his team has under its belt.
"We're getting there," Kingsbury said. "You can't really prepare for it. It's always a shock-value type thing the first few days but they're pushing through. They did some tempo things here (before) so it's not completely new to them."
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