Tigers Report To Camp, Ready For Practice Friday

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While a majority of the players were on campus taking classes and working out in the brand new football weight room over the summer, Thursday was the "official" report day for the Tigers. The day kicks off fall camp, which runs until game week leading into the season opener against Mississippi State on Thursday, Sept. 1.

Reporting Day is a whirlwind of meetings and paperwork that all must be completed prior to the first practice on Friday. Typically, there is an orientation meeting for newcomers and team meetings where athletic department staff, as well as others on campus and in the community who interact with the team throughout the year, are introduced and explain their roles with the program.

Coach Larry Porter took time to conduct some interviews with local media in the Athletic Office Building lobby this afternoon. The two main topics brought up were about the quarterback competition and about the heat.

When asked about a day he would like to have the quarterback set by, Porter naturally responded that he would have liked that going into camp. Junior college transfer Andy Summerlin took a majority of the snaps in the spring and was challenged by Will Gilchrist. Summerlin missed the 2010 season after a spring shoulder injury required surgery and forced him to the sidelines, and Porter said he will take the first snap in camp tomorrow. Added to the mix this fall is incoming true freshman Taylor Reed (El Dorado HS) and senior transfer Skylar Jones, who joined the squad this summer from Wake Forest.

"We know what Andy and Will can do because we saw them all spring," said Porter. "What we have to do is get a great evaluation on Skylar and Taylor and they will get plenty of opportunities to show us what they can do. Ultimately, we would like to have a great feel after the first scrimmage. At that point, we would like to at least narrow it down to two."

As far as addressing the heat, Porter explained that many of the players have been working out in this all summer and are prepared for it.

"Everybody keeps talking about how hot it is, but our guys are not fazed by it at all," said Porter. "Our players are ready to go into this camp and battle this heat and continue to improve."

The first three practices have been opened to fans and media by Porter. Friday's practice will begin at about 3:15 p.m., at the Murphy Athletic Complex. Following practice, the Highland Hundred will host the Kickoff Banquet at the Holiday Inn-U of M. Coach Larry Porter will talk about the upcoming season and then will have the newcomers introduce themselves. Saturday's practice is at the Liberty Bowl (3 p.m.), followed by FanFest (6-7 p.m.) and Sunday's practice starts at about 3:50 p.m., back on campus.

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