The Tiger Football team added shoulder pads for their third practice of fall camp. While practice was open, only a small group of folks came out to watch in the blazing heat. The squad practiced for about 24 periods on the turf, which certainly added a few degrees to the triple-digit temps already.
The athletic training staff was buzzing around providing water and Gatorade throughout the workout, and closely monitoring the players for any heat-related issues.
The Tigers will be out in shoulder pads again Monday before adding full pads on Tuesday.
Coach Larry Porter continues to like what he is seeing out of the defense but would like to see much more consistency with the offense. With four quarterbacks who have not taken a snap in a game for the Tigers vying for the starting job, there is a much expected pressure to have leaders emerge in that group to guide the offense.
"The first three days have been what I thought, not good, but we are seeing improvement and progress," said Porter. "Again, I am liking the direction we are going with the defense. We are more in sync in terms of chemistry and they are truly playing with a lot of energy out there."
"Offensively, there is just too much inconsistency," added Porter. "It's all about continuity and rhythm and we are not in sync at all. We've grown, but just not fast enough."
Coach Porter indicated that receiver Marcus Rucker and defensive back Lonnie Ballentine should be back out on the field soon. Both are nursing injuries that have sidelined them already during camp.
Though they were in just shoulder pads today, the hit of the day was delivered by Akeem Davis. He broke free through the line and caught freshman LaMarvin Ashley right as he took the handoff and several players on the sidelines gave him props for the stop.
Kicker Paulo Henriques was commended after practice for hitting a 50 yarder with pressure on during the special teams work. Henriques ended the 2010 season having hit his last nine field goal attempts, including five for 40 or more yards.
Please see the link below for photos from today's practice.