Offense Shows Progress as Scrimmage Ends Second Week of Spring Drills
The Tigers’ offense showed signs of progress in a spirited scrimmage that ended the second week of Spring drills. Following the scrimmage, head coach Rod Reed stressed the importance of disciplined team play by the Tigers in all aspects of the game.
After the second week of drills, offensive coordinator Mike Jones says he is seeing improvement in the offense each week, but stressed “We still have a way to go” to be ready for the next season. Jones says,
“Everything we have done so far this Spring has been stressing fundamentals. We have not worked on any schemes yet, we want everyone to become a team player.” Jones continued, “To be a team player, our skilled players (receivers and running backs) need to know everyone else’s plays so they can block where needed when the play is to others.” He added, “Our offensive linemen need to ‘find work’ after their initial assignments to prolong our plays.”
While Jones says final evaluations on the players’ progress in the Spring will be made after next week’s Blue and White game he points out that the offensive line play has improved greatly since the beginning of drills. Jones remarked that the running backs have worked hard and are responding well to the team concept and have improved each week. At quarterback, Dominique Grooms and Jeremy Perry are neck-and-neck, but still need to make the big effort to separate themselves as the team leader.
The Tigers will go through their final drills Monday, Wednesday and Friday before ending Spring practice with the Blue and White game on Saturday, April 17th at 2:00p. That game will be proceeded by the inaugural “Legends” game with TSU players from the 1970’s through the 1990’s participating in a flag football game, set for 1:00p at Hale Stadium.