Tiger Football Practices at Olive Branch High
April 14, 2009
MEMPHIS, TENN. - The Tiger Football team loaded the buses again Tuesday for spring practice, but this time took the workout across the state line to Olive Branch High School. Two Tiger defenders were back on their home turf today as senior linebacker Jeremy Rockette and junior linebacker Jeremy Longstreet both played at OBHS prior to signing with the Tigers.
This season's spring schedule has had the Tigers shuffling around at various high schools that have turf fields because the practice fields at the Murphy Athletic Complex continue to be too wet to use because of multiple spring storms. Christian Brothers High and MUS have both hosted the Tigers for practices this spring. In addition to the practice fields being unusable, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium has been unavailable to the squad because of renovations taking place in both the home and visitor locker rooms.
The Tigers worked out for about two hours under overcast skies and it wasn't until the group loaded the buses to head back to campus that the sun finally made an appearance. Temperatures were in the low 50s and there was a steady breeze for much of the practice. The squad worked drills for the first 17 periods of practice before Coach Tommy West called the group up for about a 20 minute scrimmage to finish out the day. Much of the scrimmage was with the offense working in the red zone.
"Today was a good day," said West when asked about the scrimmage work at the end of practice. "I think since Saturday a week ago, we have improved as a team each day. We got a little bit better today. Defensively, we are a little better with regards to assignments."
The Tigers have three practices left, which includes the Blue-Gray Game on Saturday. The scrimmage is slated to begin at 1 p.m. at Christian Brothers High School. There will be an awards ceremony beginning at 12:45 p.m.
"We need to keep getting better at what we do, particularly at some key positions such as quarterback and in the secondary," said West. "We will look at it all when we are finished to see where we are. We are trying to get our best 22 out there right now on both sides of the ball. They are determining where they are going to be in the fall right now."