NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State football team put on the shoulder pads for the first time of camp on Friday morning. Play picked up from the previous two days with the addition of the pads, which was evident with the action in the trenches. The weather cooperated early with cloud cover, before burning off.
During the 7-on-7, the defense made a couple big plays, before the offense could get into a groove. The first unit proceeded to move down the field on throughout the session. The defense held strong despite the movement from the other side of the ball.
Day three marked the most effective practice for the offense with consistency. Freshman wide-out, Steven Newbold, supplied a spark as he turned a modest reception into a 30 yard gain with a move down the right sideline.
The defense responded as Terrell Bonds gathered in his second interception of the day. After bringing in the errant pass, he cross the field and broke up the sideline for a huge return.
The Tigers will take a day off and return to the field on Monday.
Notes: Practice Time Temperature: 82… Third of 20 practices opportunities… O’Shay Ackerman-Carter handled snaps for the first unit… The Tigers will take Sunday off for Picture Day.
Redshirt-Junior Wide Receiver, Mazio Rhodes
- On First Day in Pads
“The first day in pads was good. Offensively we are looking for big plays whether that’s running the ball or catching it.”
Redshirt-Junior Defensive Lineman, Roc Nesbitt
- On First Day in Pads
“First day in pads feels great it was not as hot as it has been; but either way it goes we still have to come out here and put in the work.”
Sophomore Safety, Trevion Duncan
- On Defensive Goals
“It is very exciting to put some pads on. We have a lot of guys showing they can play and contribute. Defensively we need to communicate better and cause more turnovers this season. We are just looking forward to winning more games.”
Senior Quarterback, Ronald Butler
- On Importance of Wearing Pads in the Heat
“It is a great day for us to put on the pads, everybody has been waiting on it. It is good for us to start getting used to running with the equipment on. We play in Florida this year and it is no telling how hot it will be down there.”