It was an unusually warm 80 degrees on the official last day of winter as TSU Coach Rod Reed saw room for improvement after his squad's 20-plus period practice on Monday.
"I was a little disappointed in the way we came out in our tempo," said Reed. "On the first day, guys came out fired up. We came out today and dragged around a little bit. That generally happens when you go into pads and it is warm."
There was some noticeable improvement from the big guys in the trenches, while others had a few miscues.
"I think we are seeing a lot of improvement in our offensive and defensive line play," Reed noted. "We had a lot of dropped balls by our wide receivers, some misreads from our quarterbacks and dropped coverages from our linebackers. Those are things that we've got to straighten out."
Despite some of the miscues, Reed is optimistic about the team's improvement later this week.
"In some of those positions, especially linebackers, we are extremely young," said Reed. "It's going to take some time to get those guys come around a little bit. They are a work in progress. The good thing about practice is you have it on tape and can take a look at it tomorrow."
The Tigers went full contact on Monday, just one of 12 days TSU is allowed per NCAA rules. TSU dresses in full pads for practice on Wednesday.
TSU hosts its annual pro day Friday, which is closed to the public. A scrimmage is slated for Saturday with a 9 a.m. start time. All practices and scrimmages are free and open to the public.
UPCOMING SPRING PRACTICE SCHEDULE:
Wednesday, March 21 - 4 p.m.
Friday, March 23 - Pro Day (closed to the public)
Saturday, March 24 - Scrimmage - 9 a.m.
Monday, March 26 - 4 p.m.
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