NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State football took to the field on Monday as they begin the final week of Camp 2016. The Tigers went to work, making adjustments after Saturday’s scrimmage. TSU will continue its progression throughout the week leading up to an evening scrimmage this coming Saturday.
Camp closes out as classes begin next week, which allows the Tigers to settle into a regular routine as they prepare for the season which begins with the John Merritt Classic on Sept. 3 versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
The Big Blue will rely on their savvy veterans to bring in a crop of young talented newcomers in the defensive backfield. Terrell Bonds and Ezra Robinson will lockdown the outsides and will receive the support in the middle from Laquarius Cook, David Kamara and Trevion Duncan.
Cook finished second on the team with 58 tackles, while Kamara added 25. Duncan saw action as a true freshman as he forced a pair of fumbles in 2015. Ladarius Johnson will provide depth for the Tigers along with redshirt-freshman Shakur Jackson and redshirt-sophomore LaKhalon Holland.
True freshmen Dajour Nesbeth, Larry Wilhoite and Desmond Johnson were highly touted at the prep ranks and will try to step in and help right away.
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Redshirt-Senior Cornerback, Ezra Robinson
- On the team’s progression in camp
“Camp has been pretty good. There are a lot of things we need to work on and there are a lot of things we can get better at. As far as progression, we’re progressing every day.”
- On what he wants to see from the cornerbacks
“I expect my unit to get better with our technique. I expect us to understand everything that’s going on out on the field, and I expect us to make plays. That’s what we have to do.”
Senior Safety, David Kamara
- On the tightness of the unit
“I feel good about the DB core this year we have our chemistry from last year. We jell together well and we hang out outside of football.”
Freshman Safety, Larry Wilhoite
- On the transition to the college game
“I did not know what to expect coming into college. The coaches are working with me and breaking things down to help me understand.”
Redshirt-Sophomore Corner Back, Lakhalon Holland
- On returning from injury
“It feels great to be back from injury. I am excited to be back with my team. I feel more comfortable moving back to corner from safety. “
Redshirt-Freshman Defensive Back, Shakur Jackson
- On today’s performance
“Today was a shaky practice. We have to bounce back and do a better job after having a bad day. We just have to give a better effort.”