Tigers Wrap Up First Week of Camp with Scrimmage Series
Aug. 9, 2014
The University of Memphis football team concluded its first week of preseason camp with several scrimmage series during an afternoon practice session at the Billy J. Murphy Athletic Complex on Saturday. The day also marked the first time this season the Tigers went through two practices.
Memphis began the day working out in the morning in shells before coming out in full gear Saturday afternoon. The morning session was cut short by a couple periods as approaching lightning chased the team from the field. The second practice was held in much different conditions from the cool, morning workout as both the temperature and humidity climbed under sunny skies.
The scrimmage focused on the team’s base offense and defense with third-year head coach Justin Fuente describing the work as physical.
“It was good to finally tackle to the ground and work on tackling in space,” he said. “Obviously, we have a lot to work on. Next week we will get into a lot more situations.”
The Memphis program now has seven practices under its belt and Fuente said the first week provided a measure of where the team currently is.
“I think we have a good assessment of some young kids and where they are, as well as where we need to improve as a team,” he said. “It is pretty clear we have a long way to go and have a lot of work yet to do. But we also made some strides this week.”
Memphis will practice next on Monday and the week will include two-practice days on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
The team work next week will include the addition of more two-minute drills and the Tigers will get into work on playing as well as defending in the red zone as well as on the goal-line. The squad will also get more live work in on special teams during the week.
Memphis opens its season Aug. 30 when it plays host to Austin Peay in Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. A week earlier on Aug. 23rd, the Tigers will hold FanFest at the Liberty Bowl.