NASHVIILE, Tenn. – The Big Blue took to the practice field to begin spring camp on Monday afternoon. The Tigers will look to build on a 4-6 season in 2015 with seven starters returning on offense and nine on defense.
After starting with a defensive walk through, Tennessee State football opened the day working on fundamentals before working on seven-on-sevens.
“We need to get better at the fundamentals,” said head coach Rod Reed. “We also have to communicate better on both sides of the ball. Last year I felt we left a lot of food on the table for lack of communication and that happens with a young football team, but we are looking for some maturity on both sides of the ball.”
The Tigers had a youth movement in the fall with eight members of the offense and 14 of the defense from the two-deep were underclassmen. Coach Reed is looking for the maturation for the youngsters with the game time experience they received in the fall.
“Anytime you’ve got two young guys you can expect your fair share of mistakes,” Reed said. “But I thought the guys played well and we are looking for them to mature. There are also some unknowns along the defensive front. We are going to have to see how we are going to fit and mix and match the defensive front with our power and speed packages.”
Spring practices will continue through April 15 and conclude with the spring and legends game on Sat., Apr. 16.
The Tigers will continue spring camp on Wednesday and Thursday, taking the weekend off before returning on Monday.