He won't admit it, but Saturday's University of Louisiana football practice session was one of Rickey Bustle's favorite days of the year.
The Ragin' Cajun players aren't too crazy about it, but they realize the necessity and the importance.
On the Saturday prior to each season's opener, Bustle and the UL staff go through virtually every situation that their team could find itself in during a game. The total was 72 different situations Saturday, with the coaches' scripts covering five typed pages.
"It's a day we hate to see coming, but it's necessary," said quarterback - and regular special teams performer - Michael Desormeaux. "Some of these things we probably won't see more than once or twice a year, but you have to know what's going on."
Desormeaux's on the punt block team, which if successful in its task can create several scenarios. In the situational practice, UL went through its procedures if the ball remains behind the line of scrimmage, reaches the line or goes past. Each has a different procedure.