There weren’t any audible groans when Dino Babers told the Bowling Green Falcon football team they ‘‘would never be this slow again’’ near the end of the first spring workout Thursday morning.
Babers, the Falcons’ new head coach, likes to run an up-tempo offense, but the concept doesn’t really sink in until you actually experience it.
‘‘Today we were all hurting, offensive linemen, wide receivers, running backs, defense, quarterbacks; we were all on our knees, tired,’’ said Matt Johnson, who started 13 games at quarterback last season. ‘‘We’re going to get better with it as we practice. We’ll get to a level where it’s not so dragging for us.
‘‘It’s something that is going to come in time. We understand that. We just have to push through it right now,’’ he added. ‘‘Right now we think we’re moving, but we’re not. When we do get moving, it’s going to feel great.’’
The practice, without pads, was held at Perry Field House. The session went from 6:30 a.m. until 7:40 before a five-minute water break. The practice then went until 8:20 before the final huddle with Babers, and there then was some work by positions until approximately 8:30.
‘‘It will take awhile. You have to get everyone on board. The train can’t go fast unless everybody is moving that way,’’ Babers said. ‘‘I thought they handled it well. They came ready to practice. They had a very good attitude. There was a lot of learning going on, a lot of listening which is always good.’’
Babers said the players are thinking about what they are doing, and the pace of the offense will pick up when the players react rather than have to take time to think about what to do.
‘‘You could tell a little bit towards the end of practice that we were starting to understand it. But we won’t fully understand it for a while,’’ Johnson said.