Linebacker Kyle Van Noy will sit out the first couple weeks of camp to protect a sore hamstring he injured in pre-camp workouts.
"We just don't want to push anything," Van Noy said. "I'm not injured at all. We're just taking precaution. I'm not nursing anything."
The Cougars practiced its new fast-paced offense for the first time since spring with their coaches. While there were admittedly some mistakes, the overall conditioning of the team looked good.
"I was excited and pleased with the willingness of our team, but they fought through a lot of rust," said head coach Bronco Mendenhall. "They're certainly not used to the pace, even though they were asked to remember through the summer. I was impressed that they could sustain the pace. The execution wasn't what I would have liked, but their conditioning looked strong."
"For the first day, we made a lot of plays," said starting quarterback Taysom Hill. "We made some mistakes and there are a few areas we need to focus on getting better, but as whole, we played really well. Man, that was a tough practice, so I was impressed with the way our guys came out and continued to battle."
The Cougars open the season in four weeks at Virginia.