Tigers Avoid Rain for Fan Mixer and Scrimmage
Sunday, August 22, 2010

Tigers Dodge Storms – Meet Fans, Shows Offense in Scrimmage

The 2010 TSU Tigers had to duck into Gentry Center to avoid a strong rain storm for a fan mixer, but returned to Hale Stadium for a hard fought  intra-squad battle on Saturday (8/21).

Although there was a lot of good play on both sides of the football, the Tigers’ offense performed well in the hour long scrimmage.

On offense, the Tigers showed a strong running game with a mix of several runners. Sophomore Trabis Ward led the group with 55 yards (7 attempts) with a long of 24 yards. Senior Preston Brown showed savvy rushing for 46 yards (5 attempts) with a long of 26 yards. Freshman Jeremy Coffee racked up 22 yards (5 carries) with a 15 yard jaunt and sophomore Ryan Berry ripped off 20 yards on 5 rushing attempts.  TSU’s backs gained 151 rushing yards on 26 attempts

Senior quarterback Dominic Grooms did not participate in the scrimmage due to a sore ankle, but freshman Michael German and junior Jeremy Perry called the signals throughout the scrimmage. German passed for 112 yards (5-13-1) including  1 TD on a 75 yard pass and run to Julian Mallory. Perry passed for 77 yards (9-15) and 1 TD to senior Joseph Hills.

Overall ,the offense passed for 189 yards (14-28-1) and rushed for 151 yards, generating  340 yards of Total Offense on the night.

On the defensive side of the football, the biggest play came from senior defensive back Jamal Coleman who returned an interception 20 yards for a TD.
"The offense did its job. It moved the ball up and down the field all night,'' said first-year Coach Rod Reed, the former defensive coordinator. "I like our running game. I expected it to have a good night, and it did. Preston Brown had a good game. Trabis Ward had a good game. Ryan Berry did his thing while he was in there."

The team will have a day-off on Sunday (8/22) and will take an excursion for “team-building” according to Coach Reed. They will resume camp practice on Monday (8/23) at 7:30a for the first of two practices.

Saturday’s scrimmage marked the mid-way point of the Tigers’ preseason camp. TSU opens their season on September 4th against Alabama A&M in the John Merritt Classic at LP Field.