The Tigers returned to the field Monday morning for their first two-a-day session at the Murphy Athletic Complex. The squad was in full pads in the morning and shells for the afternoon session.
Coach Larry Porter was not pleased with the energy of the morning practice and was expecting much more of his squad for the second workout.
"I thought they were flat today," said Porter. "I didn't think we had enough intensity to surge us through practice and execute at a level that we needed to. Mentally, we have to be prepared to take the field every day that we practice. There are no excuses for that, and they have to understand that."
On a side note, throughout both practices, work continued on fields two and three, which are being upgraded this fall. Work is expected to be completed in early October as long as the weather cooperates. Right now, the squad has use of the turf field and field one, which is grass.
The second practice didn't go as well as Coach Porter would have liked either.
"I am not happy with this first two-a-day," reiterated Porter. "We need more of what we had last week. I think it kind of tailed off and we need to get them going again. We just weren't playing at a level that I thought we had surpassed and were ready to take off."
Coach Porter was happy to see a few guys back on the field, including Lonnie Ballentine, Frank Trotter and A.J. Antonescu.
The Tigers will have single sessions on Tuesday and Thursday, and two-a-days on Wednesday and Friday of this week.
The Tigers open the season on Thursday, Sept. 1, against Mississippi State. The game, which is slated for broadcast by Fox Sports Network (FSN), is set to kick off at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets, go to GoTigersGo.com or call (901) 678-2331.