The Tiger football team added full pads for their Tuesday afternoon practice session on the turf at the Murphy Athletic Complex.
Coach Larry Porter was pleased with today's workout, calling it "the best day of camp so far."
"There was a lot of energy and enthusiasm," said Porter. "I thought both units were challenged with adversity and both responded and that went back and forth throughout the course of practice, and that is what we have to have. A number of guys made some plays and overall it was a good day."
"This was a day of progress for our team as a whole," added Porter. "There were still a lot of mistakes, but I felt like today we played together more as units."
Sophomore running back Jerrell Rhodes showed some big play ability in his runs today. He made several touchdown runs and showed speed and power running throughout the day. Rhodes is the leading returning rusher from last season. He rushed for 469 yards and one touchdown on 116 carries as a true freshman in 2010.
"Jerrell had a good day today," said Porter. "He did some really good things out there. As far as our backs go right now, though, we are a work in progress. I am not ready to label anybody until we are more of a cohesive unit. Those young players practice hard and they are a really good group, and I think in time they will serve us well."
Porter also talked about his quarterbacks having a better day today as far as making better decisions and their productivity.
Sophomore defensive back Lonnie Ballentine was back on the field practicing for the early part of practice. He worked the position drills but was on the sidelines once they started working more contact situations. Junior receiver Marcus Rucker is still rehabbing his injury.