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REGINA, SASK : September 16, 2020 -- Regina Rams players participate in the team's first practice of the season at the University of Regina practice field in Regina, Saskatchewan on Sept. 16, 2020. BRANDON HARDER/ Regina Leader-Post
The Rams participate in a drill during their first practice of the year on Wednesday. Photo by BRANDON HARDER /Regina Leader-Post

Due to COVID-19, the players are spaced apart more than usual for warmups, etc., and are mainly restricted to their position groups.

“That was weird,” Cross said of the limited interaction. “I have friends who play wide receiver and I will never see them in practice because of COVID … but we’re still out here and still having fun. We’re still playing football.”

The biggest adjustment so far? That’s definitely the masks.

“It was a bit of a nightmare,” Cross said. “I like to wear a visor because I think I’m cool (laughs) but the mask really fogged it up. I couldn’t see and I couldn’t breathe. I was overheating. It was disorienting. Getting the mask off after practice was an absolute relief.”

Despite some challenges, Cross is prepared to take the good with the bad.

“It is what it is,” he said. “It’s just another thing we have to adapt to and overcome. We’ll suck it up and wear it if (that means) we can be out here and play football.”

In addition to the Rams, the U of R Cougars women’s soccer team began practising on Wednesday. The basketball and volleyball squads are also cleared for full team workouts while the hockey teams are set to hit the ice early next month in hopes that their seasons will resume in the New Year.

It’ll be a longer wait for the Rams, but they’re making the best of it.

“It’s a huge opportunity for development,” Cross added. “If everybody is getting a little bit better every day and doing that for a year straight, we’ll all be in a way better position to compete.”

REGINA, SASK : September 16, 2020 -- Regina Rams head coach Mark McConkey orchestrates the team's first practice of the season at the University of Regina practice field in Regina, Saskatchewan on Sept. 16, 2020. BRANDON HARDER/ Regina Leader-Post
Regina Rams head coach Mark McConkey observes receiver Bennett Stusek during a practice drill on Wednesday. Photo by BRANDON HARDER /Regina Leader-Post

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