Tigers Forced Inside Thursday, Will Be In Full Pads Friday
Aug. 7, 2008
MEMPHIS, TENN. - The Tiger football team began practice Thursday at 5:30 a.m. outside, but lightning in the area forced the squad to head inside to the turf room for the remainder of the session.
The squad worked for the second day in shells and shorts and will be in full pads Friday. The offense met and watched film while the defense worked for an hour in the indoor facility. The decision proved to be the right one as thunderstorms later drenched the area throughout most of the morning. Options for practicing in the afternoon or late Thursday were limited because of afternoon and night summer classes. Once the defense left the turf after about an hour, the offense worked out inside for the following hour.
"For our fourth day, I think it went well," said head coach Tommy West. "It didn't hurt us to come in here and get some team stuff done."
Defensive lineman Tim McGee attended practice but is unable to participate while finishing the mandatory physical and compliance requirements. West indicated that he hopes to have him practicing with the squad on Friday. McGee transferred to Memphis from East Mississippi Community College. He originally signed with Minnesota and was granted a release to join the Tigers.
Redshirt freshman Lionel Henderson, who made the transition from defensive line to offensive line in the spring, was held out of practice with an injury. He had previously missed a portion of the spring session with a foot injury. Sophomore transfer Colton Jenkins is currently in a transition to the offensive line to add depth to the left side. He missed this past spring while continuing to rehab a shoulder injury he suffered in junior college.
"We have a lot of depth in the d-line, but not a lot of depth in the o-line," said West. "I felt like we were one guy short on the left side of the offensive line. Colton is a guy that has three years left and I just want to look at him there because his size (6-5, 320) could bring something to the table there. I will look at him through Monday and see how he does. "
The Tigers will practice once on Friday in full gear, and the newcomers will be introduced at the Highland Hundred Kickoff Banquet later that evening. The event is held at the Holiday Inn on Central Ave., and is $30 a person, which includes the dinner at 7 p.m.
Saturday will be the first two-a-day session for the squad at the Murphy Athletic Complex.
"We have a long camp here, and I am looking every day at what we do because of the school situation, to be honest," said West. "We are in school until next Friday, and that is the first two weeks of camp. You talk about wearing guys out. We are going at 5:45 in the morning and then they go to school the rest of the day and then we are back meeting at five in the evening or practicing. We just have to watch them."