Tim DeRuyter compared Thursday night to Christmas Eve, which must mean Friday was like Christmas Day.
When DeRuyter came down the stairs, or rather, walked out to the practice field, he got to unwrap his presents; he got to watch his team run drills for the first time since late March.
DeRuyter and the Bulldogs spent about two hours on the field during their first practice of fall camp. They wore just helmets and shorts without shoulder pads yet, that's an NCAA rule.
"I was encouraged," said DeRuyter afterwards. "We had a pretty good carry-over from springtime with our first units. Both sides of the ball, guys were moving around pretty fast. We got a lot of new guys here, so those guys are swimming a little bit right now."
"It's night and day kind of for our offense right now. Running plays at a fast tempo, I was very proud of our guys on how hard they worked this summer," said quarterback Derek Carr.