Spring Practice #2, Feb. 24, 2012

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The Tigers had their second practice of the spring session at the Murphy Complex and fans were able to come out again and catch their squad in action. The players were in shorts and helmets again, and will throw on the shoulder pads for Saturday's workout.

The two-hour practice was much like Wednesday's session in that there continues to be a lot of instruction by the coaching staff. The key has been, and will continue to be, to stress fundamentals and the ability to practice at the high tempo that Coach Justin Fuente wants his squad to work at.

When asked after practice about how he felt on just this second day of practice, Fuente said he was encouraged by what he saw.

"I was encouraged to see the guys take some things we talked about in the meetings and come out here and do them, which is always an encouraging sign," explained Fuente. "The great thing about coaching is that you see a guy not do something the way you want him to do it, correct it, and then see him come out here and do it and have some success with it. That is what we saw on both sides of the ball at times. Assignment-wise and fundamentally, we have a lot of work to do."

Saturday, practice will be early in the morning at the complex, but the shoulder pads will be added and it should be much more physical out there.

"I am very excited about putting on pads tomorrow," said Fuente. "There's not going to be a lot of flash in tomorrow's practice. It's going to be, 'Let's get some shoulder pads on, get our helmets on and line up and see if we can move people around.' We want to see if the defense can hold point and that kind of stuff.

"I think the kids will be excited about being out there in pads Saturday," added Fuente. "We are going to go early in the morning but we will get it over with and leave them some recovery time before we go at it again."

While the first two practices were open to the fans; and many took advantage of the opportunity to watch practice, the next time Tiger Nation will have the chance to see the Tigers in action will be at the Blue-Gray Game on Saturday, March 31. Game time is set for noon at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

Photo Gallery from today's practice

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