TIGERS HAVE FINAL SCRIMMAGE BEFORE SEASON OPENER
Saturday, August 28, 2004
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State head coach James Reese and his staff put the Tigers through their final scrimmage Saturday afternoon prior to next week's season opener against Alabama A&M in the John Merritt Classic. The Tigers went through a "mock" game that emphasized all phase of special teams play before beginning the scrimmage. "We had guys make plays on both sides of the ball and saw some good things out here today," Reese said of the nearly two-hour session held in Hal Stadium. "We have made some progress, but we have some things to correct this week as we prepare for Alabama A&M." The highlight of the special teams work was a 78-yard kickoff return for a TD by sophomore Gerald Morrow. Morrow, along with twin Jarrett, Kevin Hollis, and Jeremy Stevens are expected to handle the Tigers kick and punt return duties this season. TSU's first defensive unit settled down after being stunned on the opening play of the scrimmage on a 65-yard scoring pass from freshman quarterback Gordon Keene. The TSU first team offense scored on its first possession after Bryson Rosser concluded the scoring drive with a 35-yard scoring play to Ivan Burley. "The offense had some good plays, both running and passing and that was good to see," said Reese. "After being hit with that first play, the first team offense settled down with solid play." The Tigers will practice Sunday, then have an off day on Monday as fall semester classes begin.