Creighton players had a little more pep in their steps for Friday’s season-opening practice.
Weather conditions allowed the Bluejays to practice outside at CU Sports Complex.
“Guys are always excited to get going,” Creighton outfielder Mike Gerber said, “but it’s always nice to be able to get out for your first official practice.”
Friday was the first day the NCAA allowed schools to hold full-team practices. The Bluejays will open the season Feb. 14 at Arkansas-Little Rock.
Creighton assistant coach Spencer Allen, who conducted Friday’s workout as coach Ed Servais was out of town on a speaking engagement, said the Bluejays plan to get outside whenever possible in the next three weeks.
“You never know what the weather is going to be like so we have to get out whenever we can,” Allen said. “There are some years when Creighton teams haven’t been outside until their first game, and they’ve done fine.
“But you’re able to get so much more done outside. We got to put in a lot of things that you can’t do inside. And it’s always easier to motivate guys when you can get outside. There’s no doubt there was a little more excitement today since we were able to get out.”