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Tiger Camp 2016: Day 13
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Tiger Camp 2016: Day 13

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NASHVILLE --- After receiving a day off the Tigers returned to the practice field for a pair of practices on Thursday. Both sessions provided speed and intensity and featured battles in the trenches with both sides of the balls collecting significant advantages.

The Big Blue hopes to continue its energy heading into the final two days of camp. Friday will consist of a morning practice followed by a two-day workout on Saturday. Weather permitting; the Tigers will play its scrimmage at 5:15 p.m. in Hale Stadium to close out camp. The final tussle will move into the indoor facility to protect the field in “the Hole”.

Up front offensively, Tennessee State will rely on the protection from All-OVC Preseason team member, Jessamen Dunker, along with veterans Thomas Burton and Kevin Kenton who will man the interior of the line. Justin Brooks and Chris Wallace gained valuable experience a year ago as they filled in due to injuries. The twosome hopes to provide depth on the offensive front along with redshirt-freshman Lachavious Simmons, who comes in at 6-5, 290, and Camren Jones (6-3, 315). TSU also went out to find added strength in the form of transfers Ty Allen (6-3, 290) and Xzavier McAllister (6-7, 350) as well as newcomer Jamahl Jelks (6-5, 305).

 Offensive Lineman   Ht.   Wt.   Yr.   Games Played 
 Jessamen Dunker  6-5   305  R-Sr.   35 
 Kevin Kenton  6-2   300   R-Sr.   20 
 Ty Allen  6-5   300   Jr.   TR 
 Xzavier McAllister   6-7   350   Jr.   TR 
 Thomas Burton  6-2   305   R-So.   9 
 Justin Brooks   6-5   300   R-So.   7 
 Chris Wallace   6-6   302   R-So.   10 
 Tyrell Doss  6-2   290   R-So.   0 
 Reginald Marshall, Jr.   6-3   300   R-So.   0 
 Lachavious Simmons   6-5  3 205   R-Fr.   -- 
 Camren Jones   6-3   315   R-Fr.   
 Jamahl Jelks   6-5   305   Fr.   
 Jeff Scott   6-5   298   Fr.   

Freshman Offensive Lineman, Jamahl Jelks
- On the Difference at the Collegiate Level
“There is a high level of intensity and more things to pick up on. You have to move quickly because the season is approaching and I am trying to pick it up quickly.”

- On the Help from the Upperclassmen
“They help out plenty. Any time i call them they help me go over plays, with my steps, just getting my technique right. I want to get it down to be perfect out there.”

- On the Tigers Offensive Line
“They are very powerful, very quick and versatile. I feel like I can help to add to the speed and power. I just want to come in and help the team.”

Junior Transfer, Ty Allen
- On the Change from Junior College
“Speed is the biggest difference. There is more competition with bigger and stronger people, but I think I am doing pretty well.”

- On What Keeps Him Motivated
“My family, my grandma and my brothers keep me hungry. I am the oldest and I am trying to set a good example”

Redshirt- Sophomore Lineman, Justin Brooks
- On the Status of the Offensive Line
“So far camp is going good, we have a lot of competition throughout the whole o-line. Everybody is competing for a job. We work hard together so we can get everyone ready to play. It is fun and exciting. Everybody is full of energy and we feed off each other. It’s a good start and we are looking forward to the season.”