Football: Spring practice begins on chilly day

Felt more like winter than spring this afternoon at Memorial Stadium, but a new era began when the Bears under Sonny Dykes held their first offseason workout.

About 150 fans were on hand, a departure as Dykes plans to keep all practices open.

There was good energy on the field during a spirited two-plus hour workout. Allan Bridgford, Zach Kline and Austin Hinder got the meaningful reps at quarterback during 11 on 11 drills.

The only injury — junior WR Chad Smith hurt his knee — did not appear to be serious, Dykes said.

The Bears return to the practice field Wednesday at 4 p.m.

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Jeff Faraudo