Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee State football team put the shoulder pads on for the first time of fall camp on Wednesday and the squad responded with its best practice thus far.
“I thought the guys really competed hard,” head coach Rod Reed said following the team’s third practice of the season. “The offense made some good plays which was good to see because the defense usually dominates the first day with all the pads on.”
Wednesday’s session started at 6 a.m., but the rain came at approximately 7:45, forcing the Tigers out of Hale Stadium and into the Indoor Football Facility. The move led to a slight delay in practice and a later finishing time.
While the first two practices were dominated by either the offense or the defense, the third was more neutral, with neither side gaining much ground on the other. The line blocked well for most of the day, allowing for some big runs, but the secondary was able to break up a lot of passes.
The play of the day came towards the end of practice when the left side of the offensive line sealed the edge perfectly, allowing senior running back Tim Broughton to race towards the sideline for a huge gain. Broughton had just redshirt freshman corner Victor Fletcher between him and the end zone. Broughton faked a high-step juke and lowered his shoulder on the five-foot-nine 180 pound defender, but Fletcher held his ground, forcing the ball carrier to ground while he stayed upright.
“That hit stemmed from spring practice,” Reed said. “Broughton got the best of Fletcher back then, but not today. It got everybody fired up on both sides.”
Broughton will have all of fall camp to pay it forward starting tomorrow when Big Blue hits the field at 6 a.m.
This Week’s Practice Dates
THURSDAY, Aug. 8, 2013 - 6:00-8:00 PRACTICE #4 (SHELLS)
FRIDAY, Aug. 9, 2013 - 6:00-8:00 PRACTICE #5 (SHELLS)
SATURDAY, Aug. 10, 2013 - 7:30-9:30 PRACTICE #6 (SHELLS)
MONDAY, Aug. 12, 2013 - 9:15-11:30 PRACTICE #8 (FULL)
TUESDAY, Aug. 13, 2013 - 7:30-9:30 PRACTICE #9 (FULL)
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 14, 2013 - 9:15-11:30 PRACTICE #10 (FULL)