NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. - The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats returned to the sixth day of practice Tuesday, taking the field again in full pads during the late afternoon session, with solid results beginning to show in the play on the field.

Starting early, the team pressed through an extremely intense practice, narrowly beating a heavy storm rolling in from the south. Though the coaches are seeing progress in the team since the opening of camp, Head Coach Brian Jenkins is looking forward to the final product.

"We're still just trying to pull it all together," Jenkins said. "There are a lot of holes, a lot of question marks, and  we're just trying to be detailed and continue to stress and work on the fundamentals. We're just trying to find a way to do it all together, that's the main thing."

Working in full gear  for the second straight day, bystanders might say that the team is quickly getting more comfortable in taking the next step, with faster plays and harder hits, but Jenkins notes that is not the focus at this stage of the game.

"We look at more the assignment stuff and execution," said Jenkins. "We plan for them to fly around, but the expectation is for them to know what we're doing and steadily progress. Seeing a little bit of that today just lets us know that we're on the right track."

To this point, no individual has distinguished themselves for recognition, and neither the offense nor defense have gained a notable advantage, as the Wildcats continue to build into a team in the early days of camp.

"We got into team [drill] and saw both sides do some good things, but you have both sides that still have a lot of work to do," Jenkins said. "Team was something that gave our coaches a chance to see the work that we still have to do."

The Wildcats return to New Smyrna Beach Sporting Complex for a two-a-day practice set on Wednesday.

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