TIGERS MAKE PROGRESS IN SECOND SCRIMMAGE
Saturday, August 21, 2004
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State offensive had a much-improved outing in the Tigers' second scrimmage of fall camp which was held Saturday afternoon. "Our offense was much better this time and we cut down on the turnovers that made on Wednesday," said head coach James Reese. "We had bright spots on both sides of the football, but we know that we have a lot of work and improvement to make over the next two weeks." Saturday afternoon's scrimmage consisted of about 75 plays. The scrimmage will be TSU's final major contact work before the opener Sept. 4 in the John Merritt Classic against Alabama A&M. The Tigers had a lot of players get playing time in the session. Several Tigers nursing nagging injuries did not participate as did All-American running back Charles Anthony who also did not see action in Wednesday's scrimmage. "This scrimmage gives us the opportunity to evaluate several of our young players," said Reese. "This (the scrimmage) is valuable experience for the young guys as they make the adjustment to a new level of play." Five quarterbacks, led by starter Bryson Rosser took snaps on Saturday. Following Rosser in the rotation were senior Riley Walker, sophomore Richard Hartman, and freshmen newcomers Jerald Cook and Gordon Keene. The session came after the team held its annual Picture Day. A special teams scrimmage was canceled early Saturday due to wet grounds.