Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee State football team wrapped up the first week of fall camp with a two-hour scrimmage on a sunny and breezy Saturday morning.
“I thought that the defense dominated at times [on Saturday],” head coach Rod Reed said. “The offense finished strong, and overall I felt like we had a solid first week.”
The offensive line, led by Demetrius Rhaney and Deshawn Byrd, opened by big holes and wide running lanes for TSU's running backs, and the ball carriers responded with some big plays. Senior Tim Broughton scored a pair of short-yardage touchdowns while Darion Hall and Tevin Spells broke off big chunks of yards throughout the mock game.
Big Blue's quarterbacks also showed marked improvement on Saturday with Ronnie Butler and Lamar McKnight splitting snaps with the first team. TSU's defensive line, and especially Antonio Harper, were in the face of the passers for much of the day, but when they had time, the quarterbacks were able to find open receivers.
Butler also ran for a touchdown in the latter part of the scrimmage and fellow quarterback senior Holt Claiborne led a crisp scoring drive with the second-string offense.
The Tigers will take their first day off on Sunday before starting week two on Monday at 9:15 a.m.
This Week's Practice Schedule
MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 2013 - 9:15-11:30 PRACTICE #8 (FULL)
TUESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2013 - 7:30-9:30 PRACTICE #9 (FULL)
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2013 - 9:15-11:30 PRACTICE #10 (FULL)
THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2013 - 7:30-9:30 PRACTICE #11 (FULL)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2013 - 9:15-11:30 PRACTICE #12 (FULL)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 2013- 9:15-11:30 PRACTICE #13 (FULL)