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Friday, March 24, 2006
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State football coach James Webster said that he is hoping the foundation built of being a tough team continues as the Tigers move forward with the 2006 spring drills. The Tigers have had some of their early practices changed due to the weather. Webster and his staff have had to make adjustments, but still hope to get a lot of work in before the drills conclude on April 8 with the Annual Blue-White Game in Hale Stadium at 2 p.m. "What we want to do this spring is build on our toughness and awareness," said the TSU coach James Webster. "We have new coordinators now, so we have to learn a new system, although there is a lot of similarities." The Tiger defense led the OVC for much of the season and the unit was hit hard by injuries down the course of the season. "The players have responded well and that has been a good carry over," said Webster. "They are working hard." The Tigers have about 80 players going through spring practice. Among the players are highly-touted transfer in quarterback Antonio Heffner (South Carolina) and receiver Mike Mason (North Carolina), who Webster said both have been doing "a great job" in their short tenure with the Tigers. The Tiger coach also said that he is not only looking for his seniors to provide leadership, but all of his players to display leadership qualities. The Tigers have stayed clear of injuries during the spring, but there is carry over from the fall that has several players sidelined. Among the players not practicing due to past injuries include Almonte Duncan, Eddie Woods, Clinton Gray, Miguel Hall, and Derrick Moore. The Tigers first scrimmage session is set for Saturday (March 25) with officials and the schedule will be repeated on April 1. Both sessions will start at noon. A total of 15 practices are allowed for spring drills.