Tigers Begin Second Full Week of Camp
Aug 19, 2013
The University of Memphis surpassed the halfway point of preseason camp on Monday, starting a full week with a pair of practices.
The Memphis coaching staff has 23 practices scheduled prior to the start of the Duke game week. Monday's workouts were Nos. 12 and 13. The Tigers will work out twice again on Wednesday and has single practices slated for Tuesday, Thursday and Friday before the team holds its second full scrimmage on Saturday.
Monday's practices were the first since last Saturday's scrimmage, one that film review confirmed to the staff there was both good and bad points.
"There were some bright spots and then there were things on both side of the ball that cannot happen in order to win games and we have to get better at," said second-year coach Justin Fuente. "It's whether the glass is half full or half empty and I tend to focus on the part that is not filled up and what we need to do to get better."
Fuente pointed to some big plays in the passing game as well as the defense's play at times as bright spots.
While Monday's practices included additional situations they also focused on a re-emphasis of fundamentals.
"We have to fine tune some things on both sides of the football," Fuente said. "Sometimes you get in the middle of camp and Practice 12 and you are so worried about scheme and new things being put in that you forget to put your hands inside, or your pad level gets too high.
"We tried to get back to square one today and that's why they were pushing sleds and things. We got back to fundamentals and a chance to see if we can put another coat of paint on it."
Monday's practices were also the first for redshirt freshman quarterback Paxton Lynch who Fuente named as the Tigers' starter over the weekend.
"We are encouraged by his development and watched him get better," Fuente said. "We are going to continue to push him to get better. He has great height, is a great athlete and a smooth player. He throws the ball pretty well. He seems to have good composure."
Memphis is now less than three weeks from opening its season Sept. 7th against the Blue Devils in Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.