Tigers Hold Second Full-Scale Scrimmage
Go Tigers! Coach Larry Porter
Go Tigers!
Coach Larry Porter
Go Tigers!

April 9, 2011


Coach Larry Porter took his team through their second major scrimmage of the spring at the Murphy Athletic Complex Saturday afternoon. The squad has three practices remaining this spring, with the final one next Saturday for the Blue-Gray Game at the Liberty Bowl.

The Tiger offense rolled through over 110 plays, with 63 of those passing plays. Andy Summerlin completed 20 of 36 pass attempts for about 225 yards and a touchdown, while Will Gilchrist completed 17 of 27 pass attempts for 252 yards and two touchdowns. Nine different receivers had receptions today with redshirt freshmen Reggie Travis (2-100-1) and Kevin Wright (5-103-1) both going for over the century mark. Travis rolled off a 94-yard touchdown, and Wright hauled in a 60-yard TD.

Also posting 50-plus yards were Curtis Johnson (6-54), Marcus Rucker (5-66), Cam Baker (4-59) and Tannar Rehrer (9-85). Eight of Rehrer's catches were during the final two periods of two-minute.

"Offensively, the same guys are starting to step up consistently," said Porter. "Billy Foster has had a tremendous spring in my mind. Marcus Rucker continues to be solid and our two young receivers (Travis and Wright) both had a pretty good day."

"I am not seeing what I want to see from our offense right now because our quarterbacks our a tad bit inconsistent, which is a concern of mine," added Porter. "We are starting to be able to establish our play-makers on offense."



Two minute and goal line is where the defense dominated today. The defense won both sets of two minute, with a big stop coming from Lavaris Edwards, who had a pick in the endzone. Edwards also had several pass breakups in the scrimmage. The second two-minute series was halted by a sack by Martin Ifedi. On the goal line series, Zach Gholson recovered a fumble and then posted a TFL. Fred Harvey had also posted a TFL on that series. The defense also stifled the offense on redzone as the defensive line had multiple sacks on those five series. Johnnie Farms had a pair of sacks and Mitch Huelsing had a pass breakup.

"I thought for the most part, the defense dominated today," said Porter. "I say that, but as a group, they played well together. Throughout the scrimmage, you saw a lot of different guys stepping up and making plays. There was more chemistry and continuity there on the back end. We did give up some big plays, which concerns me."

Other defensive players who made some solid plays today were Corey Jones, Dontari Poe, Devin Clark and Dasmine Cathey, who all had sacks. Daniel Thomas registered a sack and a pass breakup, while Tommy Walker scooped up a fumble. The defense also was credited with two safeties on the day.

Billy Foster had a solid day from the run, with 118 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. His TD run was for 70 yards on about the 25th play of the scrimmage. Jamere Valentine rushed for 24 yards on seven carries.

The Tigers will practice on Tuesday and Thursday before closing out the spring with the Blue-Gray Game on Saturday, April 16, at l p.m. The game will begin at approximately 1 p.m., but many of the festivities start around 11. There will be a live band, season ticket sales, inflatables for the children, a BBQ contest, autographs with the Tigers at about 11 a.m., and a pep rally at about 11:30 a.m. before the squad makes the Tiger Walk from Tiger Lane to the locker room. Parking and all events are free and open to the public. Lots open at 9 a.m., and are on a first-come, first-served basis. For a full listing of events, please CLICK HERE.

Season tickets are available by calling the Tiger Ticket Office at 901-678-2331, or online by CLICKING HERE. The Tigers host six home games this season, including the season opener against Mississippi State. In addition, Tiger fans can cheer on their hometown Tigers at the Liberty Bowl against Austin Peay, SMU (Homecoming), East Carolina, UAB and Marshall. Tickets are $200 for prime seats and just $100 for all six contests in the fun zone.

See below for interviews with Coach Larry Porter and defensive lineman Frank Trotter.


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