O'Leary stated Jackson was in a position to observe the players and respond to their needs during the workout.
The coach added that there were five student trainers at the workout. When Yerrid asked if he was suggesting they were responsible for Plancher's care, O'Leary responded they were "another set of eyes in there."
The jury was excused while the attorneys debated Yerrid's objection that UCFAA never stated in its pretrial declarations that four or five student trainers were present during Plancher's final workout. Yerrid called it "trial by ambush."
The judge initially agreed to tell O'Leary not to reference the student trainers and asked the Plancher attorneys to write instructions to the jury to ignore references to the student trainers.
Taylor and UCFAA attorney Dan Shapiro argued that decision was unfair. They said UCFAA did disclose the names of student trainers and the Plancher family attorneys chose not to depose them. Shapiro added that opposing counsel chose to ignore those trainers because they would bolster UCF's argument no one was ordered out of the fieldhouse on the day Plancher died. Two former UCF players have testified O'Leary ordered the athletic trainers to leave the fieldhouse. Shapiro said he would supply UCFAA's witness list, which included the names of student trainers.
Plancher family attorney J.D. Dowell said Shapiro told him one of the student trainers "had no information relevant to this case."
After briefly leaving the courtroom, Evans decided not to give the jury any instructions about the student trainers but would allow Yerrid to aggressively question O'Leary about the topic.
Yerrid asked for permission to ask O'Leary about his policy when he learns an athlete has sickle cell trait. O'Leary stated during his deposition he informs parents about the condition, but Evans previously ruled there could be no reference Planchers' parents were not informed he had sickle cell trait .
Evans ruled Yerrid could ask about the policy. Taylor was allowed to advise O'Leary about the topic before the trial resumed.
The judge once again warned the attorneys that they were not using their time wisely and were in danger running out time to fully present their arguments.
When the jury returned, O'Leary agreed when Yerrid said it didn't matter if a person was observing practice if they did not know what how to spot sickle cell trait symptoms.
O'Leary was asked whether the team was properly acclimated before they did the offseason workout. The coach responded there was a 12-week conditioning program, then the athletes had a nine day break for spring break. He said the players were given conditioning drills to do during the break.
O'Leary said he had no proof, but he was sure Plancher did the drills during his break because "he did everything right."
The coach agreed with Yerrid when he said the drills weren't as strenuous as the workouts the team did on campus.
O'Leary was asked if he was unusual for Plancher to finish sprints during his final workout behind offensive linemen. The coach said, "Yes, but I attributed it to the stumbling."
Yerrid asked O'Leary whether it was better to be cautious with a sickle cell trait athlete. The coach responded, "Yes, basically but that is not unusual in the fieldhouse to stumble. Many athletes do that. Nothing to say, `Whoa, watch out for him.'"
Yerrid asked if it was possible others in closer proximity might not have observed it the same way. O'Leary said, "What I observed was from 35 yards away. I can't say about what anyone else testified."
O'Leary was then asked whether it would be a significant event if a player stayed down for more than five seconds after stumbling during a sideline-to-sideline sprint.
The coach responded, "Yes, but that never occurred."
Yerrid asked O'Leary whether Plancher would be alive today if he was removed from the workout.