NASHVILLE --- Head coach Rod Reed used his Thursday practice as a mock run-through for Tennessee State's season opener at Georgia State on Aug. 31. The Tigers were not the only unit going through a gameday situation as the Aristocrat of Bands (AOB) marched down 33rd avenue onto John A Merritt boulevard and into Hale Stadium.
With the AOB in its section, the Tigers ran over 70 plays against the scout team. The defense took the field first, holding the scout team down throughout the series, as well as added situations. Before the offense could take the field, freshman kicker Coby Weiss converted on a 50-yard field goal for the scout team.
The top offensive squad for the Tigers moved down the field against the defensive scout team. Treon Harris capped off the first drive with a touchdown pass to DeVon Johnson.
The offense continued to put the pressure on as they scored on the next two possessions. Seth Rowland punched one in from two yards out, while Harris combined with Patrick Smith for the final score.
The mock game continued with the second units getting an opportunity against the scout team. The scouts offense put together a solid drive just before halftime with the big play coming on a 35 yard run by freshman Jordan Bell. The second team defense stood tall as safety Vincent Sellers intercepted Josh Trueheart inside the 10 yard line.
TSU will celebrate the 11 seniors on Friday afternoon at the annual Senior Kickoff Luncheon. The Tigers will take time out of their practice schedule for Fan Day on Saturday.
Head Coach Rod Reed
- On the importance of the mock game
“It was an opportunity to get out here and clean some things up. We wanted to see the game operation and how we would handle things next Thursday night. We had the band out here, we had the clock going, we had the officials out here. We wanted to see what our substitution patterns were going to be, and we probably simulated about a half of football.”
- On what he wants to see in the next week from his team
“We’ve just got to correct the little things. We made some containment errors tonight. Those are things that can be corrected. That’s why we put these kind of things on tape. We tried to simulate what we think we might get from Georgia State to the best of our ability. We’ve just got to go back and clean those things up.”
- On looking forward to a game week
“It’s going to be great to go into a game week. It’s been a long camp, and I think our guys are chomping at the bit to get at somebody else. We’re going to clean some things up. We’re going to have a couple of good practices this week, and we’re going to go down to Georgia on Wednesday and Thursday night, we’re going to turn it loose.”