Nashville, Tenn. - The second week of summer camp started outside on Monday morning, but inclement weather forced Tennessee State to finish practice indoors.
After a day off from practicing, head coach Rod Reed was not entirely pleased with today's effort.
"The energy level was disappointing," Reed said after the morning workout. "After the day off yesterday, I didn't see the energy level that we saw last week. The weather has been pretty favorable so far, so there is no excuse for that."
Outside of overall hustle, Reed said that the team is actually ahead of schedule in terms of installing plays and new schemes.
"I think we are a little ahead of schedule in terms of installing plays. We had to slow down and re-teach some things, but we are about where we want to be right now," said Reed.
There were some highlights from today's practice including the offense's running game, but that meant that the coaches were not satisfied with the defense's efforts.
"There were a lot of holes in the run game in terms of defense, so I wasn't too pleased with that. Most of it came against second-string players, but they are going to have to play for us early in the season. On the flip-side, we did some good things running the ball, but we need to do a better job of protecting it," Reed said.
The Tigers will continue to work on protecting the ball Tuesday at a scrimmage beginning at 7:30 a.m. Practice is open to the public. All sessions will be outside at the practice field unless there is inclement weather.
Fan Day Set
TSU Fan Day will be Saturday, Aug. 25 at 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.
Tigers in the NFL
Last week, five former Tigers saw action in NFL preseason games. Running back Javarris Williams is expected to get a few carries tonight when the Dallas Cowboys play the Raiders. Linebacker Rico Council had three tackles for the Atlanta Falcons, while defensive end Lamar Divens chipped in with a tackle for the Tennessee Titans. Former Tiger Cecil Newton played against Council at center when the Baltimore Ravens met the Falcons on Thursday night. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie started the first preseason game of the year for the Eagles, but saw limited action. Perhaps the most successful of the bunch was safety Anthony Levine, who record five tackles and intercepted a pass for the Green Bay Packers.
2012 TSU FOOTBALL CAMP SCHEDULE
Tuesday, Aug. 14 - Scrimmage - 7:30-9:30am/Special Teams 5:45-7:45pm
Wednesday, Aug. 15 - Practice (full) - 9:15-11:30am
Thursday, Aug. 16 - Scrimmage - 7:30-9:30am/Special Teams 5:45-7:45pm
Friday, Aug. 17 - Practice (full) - 9:15-11:30am
Saturday, Aug. 18 - Scrimmage - 7:30-9:30am/Special Teams 5:45-7:45pm
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