Back to the basics is a good way to describe June Jones approach to fall practice at Southern Methodist University.
The former NFL coach inherits a team that went 1-11 last fall, it's apparent that attention to detail is something that will be highly emphasized by this year's Mustang coaching staff.
Tuesday morning's practice was a much more spirited session, after a day of physical testing, the Mustang team responded with a lot more enthusiasm and excitement on day two.
"We have had two days to meet with them," Jones said after the two hour practice. "They are starting to realize what we expect of them on and off the practice field. The players responded with a much better practice today, we still have a long ways to go."
This year's team appears to be on it's way to being a fundamentally sound ballclub. Instead of your typical practice of running full speed drills for half the allotted time period, this coaching staff spends a lot of time teaching their new system and a lot of base fundamentals such as basic tackling drills and how to explode through a ball carrier.
That new aggressive tackling style is something that first year defensive coordinator Tom Mason teaches and encourages to his troops.
"We won't be a bend and don't break type offense," Mason told PonyStampede.com after practice Tuesday. "We will blitz you from every angle. We will be an aggressive attack style unit."
Instead of the walk-thru speed yesterday, the new Mustang defense went full speed through several teaching sessions and then slowed things down again so the players could get a good grasp of what each coach was teaching.
"We are excited as a defensive unit," Mason said. "We feel we have the pieces of the puzzles to be successful this fall, now it's our job to put those pieces together in the next 24 days."
On the offensive side of the ball, five quarterbacks continued to throw the ball a lot on day two. One quarterback after practice appeared to be a little tired, he laughed that his arm wasn't use to that much throwing.
It's apparent that all the quarterbacks will become accustom to the number of balls that will be thrown this fall.
Coach Jones appeared pleased but was quick to point out that he wasn't going to rush judging the quarterback position.
"We are going to continue to work hard over the next few days and see who arises to the top," Jones said. "Someone will step up and take control, until that happens all the quarterbacks will be getting a lot of throws."
The wide receiver corp, sporting several new faces from incoming freshmen, seem to be using the repetitions to learn their routes and become effective weapons for the Mustangs this fall.
Emmanuel Sanders continued to shine in practice, Aldrick Robinson also had a solid performance.