Thursday, August 16, 2007
Tennessee State University, head football coach James Webster say he is pleased with the progress of the of preseason work-outs of the 2007 Tigers squad. "Our practices have been very good." says Webster. "I have been pleased with the positive attitude and work ethic our players have shown so far in preseason drills." He continued saying, "It all began with the players reporting to camp in good physical shape. I have preached that championships are won in the off-season, with conditioning. The players have responded and come back this season ready to play." Webster's comments on several offensive players who have performed well so far in drills; - Cecil Newton (offensive lineman), "Has been the star of camp, he is the leader of our linemen and is working hard in that role." - Antonio Heffner (quarterback), "Continues to show his grasp of the offense. His steady play and leadership continues to bolster the offensive attack." - Javarris Williams (running back), "Came to camp in tremendous shape and is running hard in all our drills." On defensive - Webster comments, "We need to get stronger up front (on the line) and get good play from our linebackers." Webster's comments on several other players; -Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (cornerback), "Dom has shown he worked hard in the off-season to be ready to play at a high level this year." -Larry Williford (defensive back), "I have been very pleased with his play and his leadership. He is showing that he wants to get that good playing time this year." - Reno Thompson (defensive back), "Reno has shown a high level of leadership, so far in drills." Special Teams - "We have quite a bit of work to do on special teams." says Webster. "Our place kicking is manned by a veteran (Eric Benson), but our punting is falling into the hands of true freshman Taylor Cisneros (Mt. Juliet HS). Cisneros is also our holder, which is a tough situation for a freshman to be in." Webster concluded, saying "Our coverage game should be better, because we have better athletes, with speed, on our coverage teams this year." On the freshman class - "When you sign freshmen, you really don't know what you have until they get into camp," said Webster. "We have been very pleased with the progress of these players and pleased with the quality our evaluations of them as players." Webster singled out several players as those making a difference in camp, they are; Calvin McNairl (quarterback), Sherman Carter (offensive line), Ronnie Powell (wide receiver), Sidney Tarver (linebacker), Rennie St.Feur (linebacker), Jonathan Moore (wide receiver) and Rico Council (linebacker). Webster concluded his assessments saying, "This team is beginning to take the attitude of the coaching staff, showing a hard work ethic and a love for the game." "We have a long way to go before we are ready for our first game, but we are ahead of last year at this point of the preseason."