Tiger Camp 2017: Day 4
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Tiger Camp 2017: Day 4

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NASHVILLE --- Day four of the Tennessee State preseason camp saw the team return to Hale Stadium for practice after being pushed indoors a day before. The Tigers beat the heat with a morning workout and enjoyed temperatures in the low 80’s.

The defense stepped up in the team portion of practice after the offense had the upper hand on Thursday. The offensive line provided holes, giving the running game a couple solid gains early in the session. The defensive front provided the push for the unit to take control of the period.

The Tigers will take a day off on Sunday for pictures before returning to the gridiron on Monday. Week two of camp will open with the team practicing in full pads for the first time this season.

Sophomore Linebacker, Reggie Gunn
- On the first week of practice
“We have been getting better as the days go on. We just have to put the little pieces together.”

- On the growth of the defense
“Everybody is bonding together. We are buying into the new defense under Coach Fisher. We are just flying around and having fun.”

- On learning the new system
“You just have to study your playbook and watch film. Going into the season I feel this defense will be pretty good.”

Redshirt-Senior Defensive Lineman, Jason Morrow
- On the progress of the team
“We have been working hard, but it is for the greater good. We are trying to pursue a championship and you have to make sacrifices. Everything we are doing is helping us make progress towards our goals. It has been hard, but it builds character.”

- On the defense
“We play fast and aggressive. We are making some mistakes right now, but we are still giving 110-percent every day. We can’t stop, we just have to stay aggressive and keep attacking.”

- On what adjustments need to be made
“We just find tune our stunts and our coverages. We have a lot of young guys out here learning new things. But once we can get everything together, we will be a dangerous defense.”

Redshirt-Sophomore Fullback, Andrew Know
- On the Tiger offense
“I think the offense got off to a really good start. At the beginning of the week we wanted to set the tone. We wanted to show we have no limits. I feel we have been doing pretty well. So far we have remained healthy and everybody is getting along real well.”

- On how offense follows up to last year’s top scoring team in the OVC
“This offense is just as explosive, if not a little more than last year. We have a lot of guys coming back that played last year, so we are tuned in and we click together. Over the summer we bonded and it’s just the same guys out there and we are ready to get back to work. I feel we will set the tone even higher,”

Redshirt-Junior Offensive Tackle, Justin Brooks
- On the offense
“The offensive line is like the heart. We are out there grinding and trying to support the offense. As a whole we are building our chemistry.”

- On replacing two spots do to graduation
“(Jessamen) Dunker and (Kevin) Kenton were great players, but we still have a lot of great players here. It is all a grind, so it is just next man up.”


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