Nashville, Tenn. - Threatening skies and a soggy field again forced the TSU football team indoors for Friday's practice.
The weather may have not cooperated, but that did not stop the Tigers from practicing with intensity- something that pleased head coach Rod Reed.
"We got after it today on both sides of the ball," Reed said. "Our offense did pretty good against the blitz, but the defense got ahead of them during the goal line period."
With the second week of fall camp coming to a close, Reed is happy with his team's progress so far, but he will concede that the team is not yet where he expects it to be come Sept. 1.
"We are working hard and pressing each other, and that is what you are looking for right now. Although as a coach, your team is never where you want it to be," said Reed.
Tomorrow's scrimmage will be good indication of the team's development thus far, but it will also serve as a proving ground for some of the second-string players.
"Right now, we have a pretty good idea of who the starters will be, but if somebody jumped ahead during the scrimmage then they could push for a starting position. We have a lot of guys who are making good progress- guys like freshman linebacker Antonio Justice, tight end A.C. Leonard and redshirt freshman receiver Andrew Bather- who have been making plays in practice, but we will see how they do in a game situation," Reed said.
The start of Saturday's scrimmage has been moved up to 10 a.m. in the indoor facility.
Watch an interview with assistant head coach and passing game coordinator Jeff Parker below:
Tigers ranked in Boxtorow HBCU Poll
The preseason Boxtorow HBCU FCS Coaches Poll has been released and TSU finds themselves ranked 10th. FAMU received one first place vote and is ranked eighth. The defending MEAC Champion Norfolk State Spartans will start the season ranked number one. Season opponent Bethune-Cookman is second in the preseason poll.
Two Former Tigers Play Second NFL Preseason Games
In the two NFL preseason games played last night, TSU had a former player that was represented in each. For the Green Bay Packers, safety Anthony Levine recorded four tackles which was fifth best on the team. In the other game, Atlanta Falcons linebacker Rico Council tallied two stops in the loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Fan Day Set
TSU Fan Day will be Saturday, Aug. 25 at the indoor practice facility. Fans are invited to come out and collect autographs and photos with the 2012 football team.
Kick-Off Times Confirmed
TSU Athletics announced last week that kick-off times have been set for all home games. The John Merritt Classic against Florida A&M is slated for a 6pm contest on Sept. 1. All Hale Stadium games (Austin Peay - Sept. 15, Eastern Kentucky - Oct. 6 and Tennessee Tech - Oct. 27) are scheduled for a 1pm start time. TSU kicks off Homecoming against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sept. 29 at 5pm.
2012 TSU FOOTBALL CAMP SCHEDULE
Saturday, Aug. 18 - Scrimmage - 10:00-11:30am/Special Teams 5:45-7:45pm
Monday, Aug. 20 - Practice (full) - 9:15-11:30am
Tuesday, Aug. 21 - Scrimmage - 7:30-9:30am/Special Teams 5:45-7:45pm
Wednesday, Aug. 22 - Practice (full) - 9:15-11:30am
Thursday, Aug. 23 - Scrimmage - 7:30-9:30am/Special Teams 5:45-7:45pm
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