Monday, August 21, 2006
Tigers Gain Positive Grades From Scrimmage The Tennessee State coaching staff graded the team with positive assessments after Saturday's (8/19) controlled scrimmage. The scrimmage, held in Hale Stadium with game officials, was used to evaluate players in their prospective alignments. "The kids are showing tremendous improvement," remarked head coach James Webster. "While we are not ready to play a game just yet, I like where we are in terms of progress." Webster went on to say, "The scrimmage was a last opportunity for us (coaching staff) to see the who, what and where for our players. Most importantly, we were able to observe our backup players in live action." Offensive coordinator, Fred Kaiss commented, "I'm very happy with our progress. We're not there yet, but I'm optimistic." Defensive coordinator, Ron Lambert gave the following assessments, "The kids performed fairly well. Our linebackers are playing better, getting to the ball more aggressively and the defensive unit forced several turnovers." He concluded saying, "We showed improvement, but we have a ways to go before we play Alabama A&M." Coach Webster's overall evaluation continued, "Our kids gave good effort on both sides of the ball. We played longer than originally planned, but we were able to see how the players performed when they were tired." Webster says, "The scrimmage was particularly successful, in that, there were no injuries. We had some bumps and bruises, but nothing that treatment and rest won't handle." Positive / Negative: - RB Javarris Williams (5-11, 215 Soph., Richmond TX), Webster praised his performance saying; "Javarris really stepped up Saturday. We needed to see that in him." - QB Antonio Hefner (6-2, 195, Soph.,Memphis, TN), Webster comments, "He continues to perform well. When we give him time he is absolutely tremendous." - P/K Tim Ehret (6-3, 195, Sr. Port Charlotte, FL) "Tim has by far been our best punter in camp." said Webster, "If he continues to perform well, it can solve one of our problem areas from last season." - Defensive unit - says Webster, "We are getting after the ball better, forcing turnovers." - Special Teams - "We have to continue working on blocking assignment," say Webster. "We allowed a blocked kick or two." - Offensive line - "We need to get rock solid on our blocking assignments," said Webster. "When we give our quarterbacks time, we can run an effective offense." He continued, "We are anticipating the return (Qudus) Abeboyejo (6-6, 250 Jr., Matteson, IL) and (Raushan) Rowser (6-5, 305, Sr., Atlanta, GA) from injury. They are veterans and their return (this week) will solidify our line play." Webster summed up fall practice, so far, saying, "I am truly pleased with this team. With the addition of new talent and the work ethic this team is showing in camp." He continued, "We are getting into better condition, but then, I set a high standard on conditioning, and we are getting to a better place, in my estimation." Webster concluded by saying, "We have two weeks for our team to gel together and get ready for our season opener against Alabama A&M ... I like where we are at this point." NOTE: TSU will modify its schedule for the last week of preseason practice as follows, Monday, August 21st 8:45a - 11:15a - Practice <17> 3:50p - 6:20p - Practice <18> Tuesday, August 22nd 3:15p - 6:15p - Practice <19> Wednesday, August 23rd 8:45a - 11:15a - Practice <20> 3:50p - 6:20p - Practice <21> Thursday, August 24th 3:15p - 6:15p - Practice <22> Friday, August 25th DAY OFF - NO PRACTICE Saturday, August 26th 6:00p - 8:00p - Practice <23> Sunday, August 27th 4:45p - 5:45p - Practice <24> -- tsu --