NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State football team returned to the upper practice field for day two of Camp 2016.
Day one ended with head coach Rod Reed wanting even more energy. The second practice of the season provided that environment with players pushing their teammates for more attention to detail. The attitude continued through head-to-head matchups between the offense and defense.
The defense for the second straight day seemed to get the better of the offense with a pair of picks, pass breakups and fumble recoveries.
The offense would answer as Ronald Butler rolled out and hit Mazio Rhodes for a 50-yard pass play. Later, Tyler Black hit a large hole created by the line for another large gain, where the running back was stopped only by the whistle to end the play before he had a chance to enter the end zone.
Saturday will mark the first practice with the team wearing shoulder pads. Thursday, the team practiced in shorts and helmets. Friday saw the Big Blue switch to pad less pants to go with helmets.
NOTES: Practice Time Temperature: 84… Quarterbacks Ronald Butler, Michael Hughes and Roderick Robinson took all the snaps during 7-on-7 and full team action… Second of 20 practices for camp; before classes begin… Saturday’s practice is scheduled from 9:00-11:30 a.m. on the Upper Practice Field...
Junior Corner Back, Terrell Bonds
- On Team Expectations
“I am looking for us to be the best at what we do. This year we have no excuses. We have experience; and we have some transfers who can help us out. I am looking forward to a big year for us.”
Junior Linebacker, Joe Johnson
- On Camp Progression
“I feel like we are still getting better, it is just day two and we have a lot to work on but that is what camp is for. We have to take it one game at a time, one play at a time. Everybody has their own job to do if we want to be successful.”
Redshirt-Junior Wide Receiver, Quindell Cousins
- On Offensive Potential
“Day two was good, but we are still just getting back in the groove of things. I think we have an explosive offense and can put up 40 points a game. We have some pieces this year that we have not had in the past.”
Senior, Offensive Lineman - Kevin Kenton
- On Teams Improvement
“I think day two was better than day 1; people got more rust off and the tempo was a lot better. We still have a long way to go but we are headed in the direction. We are pushing for an OVC championship. In order to win we have to be selfless and play as a unit.”