Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee State football team wrapped up the second week of fall practice with a two-hour long scrimmage on Saturday morning at Hale Stadium.
“You always want to be a little ahead of schedule, but I think we are where we want to be,” head coach Rod Reed said. “We have two weeks before our first game and to get everybody healthy.”
The offense came out on top on Saturday and it didn’t take long for TSU to find the end zone. Freshman quarterback Ronald Butler hit fellow freshman Lavatiae Kelly with a 20-yard pass for a touchdown on the very first play of morning.
Butler and Kelly hooked up on another score later in the scrimmage as the receiver from Miami, Fla. found a hole in the coverage to get open.
After the second-team defense stopped the second-team offense on the next possession, the starters found the end zone again when running back Telvin Hooks scored on a dive play from 11 yards out.
The final big gain of the day came on the first play of the offense’s fifth drive. Butler dropped back to pass, got perfect protection, and promptly dropped the ball right over Chris Sanders-McCollum’s shoulder and into the freshman’s outstretched hands. McCollum raced towards the sideline, juked back towards the middle of the field to avoid the corner and then out-ran the defense for six points.
Outside of the highlight-reel plays, the TSU defense played fairly well. The unit forced punts on three-of-six possessions, only allowed three third-down conversions and prevented touchdowns on half of the offense’s redzone chances.
Big Blue will get the day off tomorrow before starting week three of fall camp with a 9:15 a.m. practice.
This Week's Practice Schedule
MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2013- 9:15-11:30 PRACTICE #14 (FULL)
TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2013- 5:45-7:45 p.m. PRACTICE #15(FULL)
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2013- 9:15-11:30 PRACTICE #16 (FULL)
THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 2013- 5:45-7:45 p.m. PRACTICE #17 (FULL)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 2013- 8:00-10:00 PRACTICE #18 (FULL)
FAN DAY- SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2013- 4:00p.m. PRACTICE #19 (FULL)