NASHVILLE --- Head coach Rod Reed and the 2017 Tennessee State squad opened practice on Wednesday in Hale Stadium. The Tigers begin preparation for an 11-game schedule which begins on Thur., Aug. 31 at Georgia State.
The Tigers will look to build on last year’s 7-4 season, 4-3 in the Ohio Valley Conference, with seven returners on offense and eight on defense, along with every member of the special teams unit. Florida transfer Treon Harris will battle redshirt-sophomore Michael Hughes to replace Ronald Butler and O’Shay Ackerman-Carter at quarterback of coordinators Jeff Parker’s top scoring offense in the OVC.
The defense hopes to return to the status of one of the top defensive teams in the nation under new defensive coordinator Garry Fisher. The new scheme caller will have the services of senior linebacker Chris Collins who led the team in tackles and led the OVC in solo tackles, as well as All-American defensive end Ebo Ogundeko.
NOTES: Head coach Rod Reed begins his eighth season at the helm of the Tigers… Only John Merritt and Henry Kean have more wins in TSU history… Practice Time Weather: Sunny, 93 with 50% humidity… Players were in helmets and shorts on day one… 93 players broke camp (11 seniors, 18 juniors, 28 sophomores, 36 freshmen)
Senior Defensive End, Latrelle Lee
- On the First Day of Practice
“I think today went pretty good. It’s the first day, it’s pretty hot outside and the guys got tired. We came out and hustled and competed.”
- On what to look forward to for the rest of the week
“Getting better, competing and embracing the heat. We have to keep working on our craft and getting better as a team.”
Senior Fullback, Terence Harris II
- On the first day of practice
“It could’ve been better. We started off strong, but we just have to keep our focus throughout the entire practice.”
- On what the team needs to work on
“Staying focused. Today we had a lot of off-sides, so when we clean that up and stop shooting ourselves in the foot, we can make big plays”
- On goal for his senior year?
“We need to Finish strong. It’s all about finishing. If we don’t finish, we don’t leave a legacy.”