NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Day two of the Tigers fall camp produced high energy and competitive intensity despite the rising temperatures. Saturday followed the same pattern as day one with the exception of the sounds of the Aristocrat of Bands blaring over the sound system. The AOB standards helped build the mood of the day.
“I just like the intensity of practice,” Head coach Rod Reed said. “The guys are out there getting after it the whole practice. That’s what you want during the early practices. Hopefully we can keep that intensity up throughout the camp.”
The offense struck first during the seven-on-sevens, as O’Shay Ackerman-Carter went over the top and connected with senior wide-out Hakeem Parker for a 60-yard touchdown pass. The defense responded with its patented shutdown coverage, highlighted by a huge pass break-up by Bernell Brooks, two plays following the initial play.
Junior quarterback Ronald Butler stepped on the field and found success in his first attempt with a 40-yard pass play to freshman tight end Mahlon Medley. The defense would once again stand tall limiting the offense to modest gains.
The day Tigers wrapped up the day with a 25-play live action session. The offense went for the big play on the very first play as Ackerman-Carter stood tall in the pocket, despite a rush by Marvin Maddox, and hit junior receiver Isaiah Jeffries-Freeman for a 65-yard touchdown.
The defense would seem to have the edge the rest of the way with an interception returned deep into the offensive territory. The blue-shirts did have another big play in them as Ackerman-Carter teamed up again with Parker for a long scoring pass.
“Both quarterbacks are looking good,” said Reed. “I am excited about the good things they are doing. Defensively, we have allowed a couple of big plays. We have to minimize those if we are going to be successful on defense. But I am pleased overall especially after the second day of practice.”
The Big Blue will take a day off on Sunday and will return to the grind on Monday morning at 9:15am.
“We need to cut down on mistakes, but that’s why you practice,” Reed commented. “We know it is the early practices and there are going to be some mistakes. The key thing is not to make the same mistakes tomorrow that you made today. We need to get in the film room, we have to do our jobs as coaches and we have to make corrections. Hopefully we will come out and have an even better practice on Monday.”
Day Two Photo Gallary
Sunday, Aug. 9 – OFF
Monday, Aug. 10 - 9:15-11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 11 - 9:15-11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 12 - 9:15-11:30 a.m.
Thursday, Aug. 13 – 7:30-9:30 a.m., 5:15-7:15 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 14 - 9:15-11:30 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 15 - 7:30-9:30 a.m. (Scrimmage), 5:15-7:15 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 16 - OFF