Unlike a year ago when two starters suffered injuries, BYU's first practice with full pads went a little better Wednesday.
"We had a good practice this morning," Cougar coach LaVell Edwards said. "The guys worked hard and it was quite spirited."As has become tradition, the Cougars are wearing full gear only in the morning session of two-a-days. In the afternoons, the team is practicing with helmets, shoulder pads and shorts.
Interestingly, players were injured during each workout, with the most serious injury being suffered by middle linebacker Jeff Ellis. The projected back-up to Rob Morris rolled his ankle in the morning session and was expected to have it X-rayed to determine if there was a hairline fracture. Sophomore running back Will Snowden bruised his knee later in the practice, but the injury is considered minor.
In the afternoon, highly touted cornerback Brian Gray was hit by a helmet on his right side and suffered a slight hip pointer.
"It'll be fine in about two days," said the junior college transfer, a projected starter.
Team doctors will treat the injury with therapy and ice. Though he won't be at full speed, Gray plans to practice Thursday.