Nashville, Tenn. – With the first game of the season always coinciding with the end of the off-season, teams have a little extra time to prepare for that first game compared with a normal game during the season. But how much difference does it make for Tennessee State?
"It’s a little different," head coach Rod Reed explained. "You always want a constant focus on what you do. Those first couple of weeks of camp, we tried to get in and make sure we were taking care of TSU business. Now, we’re about the business of FAMU. Everything that we’re doing from this point forward is geared towards Florida A&M."
While most starting spots are already set, there is a position or two that is still up in the air.
"We’ve got a lot of talent over there at tight end," said Reed, "so I don’t know if we can name a starter there."
Situationally, coach Reed has been impressed with what the defense has done on third down.
"Offensively, we’ve converted the ones we’re supposed to convert, but the defense has stopped them on some third and mediums. They have also stopped them on some third and long situations, but those the defense should win. I think the offense has held its own, but we are doing a pretty good job in all situations. We’ve hit on every situation imaginable to football right now."
The Tigers return to the practice field early Friday morning at 7:45 a.m.
Watch an interview with TSU Offensive Line Coach Russ Ehrenfeld below.
Fan Day Set
TSU Fan Day will be Saturday, Aug. 25 at 2 pm in the indoor practice facility. Fans are invited to come out and collect autographs and photos with the 2012 football team.
Kick-Off Times Confirmed
TSU Athletics announced last week that kick-off times have been set for all home games. The John Merritt Classic against Florida A&M is slated for a 6pm contest on Sept. 1. All Hale Stadium games (Austin Peay - Sept. 15, Eastern Kentucky - Oct. 6 and Tennessee Tech - Oct. 27) are scheduled for a 1pm start time. TSU kicks off Homecoming against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sept. 29 at 5pm.
2012 TSU FOOTBALL CAMP SCHEDULE
Friday, Aug. 24 - Practice (full) - 7:45-9:30am
Saturday, Aug. 25 - Practice (full) - 9:15-11:30am
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