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Friday, March 14, 2003
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State will begin its spring football drills on Tuesday (March 18) as the Tigers look to get a lot accomplished during the 15 allowed sessions. About 90 players are expected to participate in this year's drills. Head coach James Reese will begin his fourth season at his alma mater's helm in 2003 and has established goals that he wants to see his young team meet during the sessions. ?Offensively, we want to establish a starting quarterback to come out of spring practice,? the Tigers' coach said. ?Defensively, we will work on our base defensive and want to establish the full-pursuit concept to the ball.? The Tigers were one of the nation's youngest teams last season in I-AA ranks. The team will have several new staff changes this season. Former Tiger All-American Rod Reed is the team's new defensive coordinator, and just this week, offensive coordinator Jon Carr announced that he has accepted a similar position at Ohio Valley Conference rival Eastern Illinois. The team will have several night practices during the drills. The schedule is subject to change, due to the weather. Spring practice will conclude for the Tigers with the Annual Blue-White game set for Saturday, April 12 at 3 p.m. in Hale Stadium.