NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State football team conducted its first spring practice, Monday, with the focus on the new-look defense.
“I am eager to see what some of our younger guys can do,” head coach Rod Reed said. “I think we lost eight starters on defense, so finding the next wave of team-leaders is exciting to me because I think we have brought in the guys that can fill that role.”
One defender who was excited to get the spring underway was cornerback Bernell Brooks.
“The adrenalin was high [Monday] and there is so much energy within the team on both offense and defense. I think everybody is ready to go,” Brooks said. “This is my favorite part of the year because this where you add new plays and add new techniques.”
Brooks is one of the few seniors and returning starters to one of the nation’s best defenses a year ago. Like his coach, he is optimistic about what the younger Tigers will look like next fall.
“As a defense, we want to be aggressive which is similar to what we have done in the past. We want to dominate the game and put it in our hands,” Brooks said. “The goal of this spring practice is to find our identity as a defense. There are a lot of new faces and so we are about to find out what they can do.”
Big Blue will return to the practice field on Wednesday at 4 p.m. The team will close out the week with sessions on Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m.