But not Wednesday, at least for the offense. Offensive lineman Jahaziel Lee said the offense was not focused.
“But I know (Thursday), we’ve got to pick it up because it’s less than a month before we play our first game,” he said. “We really have to bring intensity and start being more consistent, especially running the ball, because we can’t rely on big plays as far as passing.”
Johnson didn’t quite extol the defense, either.
“I mean, nobody’s going to mistake it for the Pittsburgh ‘Steel Curtain,’” he said. “But I’m just saying that they had more energy and they were better than the offense.”
Johnson deliberately practices the team in the afternoon to have players train in warm conditions to prepare for games such as the second game of the season, Sept. 8 against South Florida, a noon kickoff in Tampa, Fla. He acknowledged the difficulty.
“But that’s what they’re going to have to play in,” he said. “So you have to do it. It’s as much mental as it is physical.”