Final Scrimmage Signals End of Camp
Aug 24, 2013
With classes beginning on Monday at the University of Memphis, the Tiger football team wrapped up preseason camp on Saturday with a final scrimmage.
The practice was an opportunity to get a bunch of reps for some players, as well give the veterans a little more work before a couple days off. In addition to offense vs. defense work, the Tigers focused once again on special teams during the workout.
"We were trying to get to some of the specific things that can happen in special teams situations," said second-year Memphis coach Justin Fuente. "We were trying to get a bunch of reps for some individual guys and we limited the reps for some of our individual guys. It was a little more of a player development scrimmage I would say than a scheme or side of the ball scrimmage."
Saturday's scrimmage included touchdown runs of five yards by Jai Steib, four yards by Tearris Wallace and three yards by Carl Harris. Jacob Karam completed a two-yard touchdown pass to Keiwone Malone.
Next up for the Tiger football team is a return to classes and what will become a weekly routine. Memphis typically takes Monday as the squad's off day and that will be the case next week as classes begin at the university. Having gone through 19 practice sessions since Aug 8, the two-day break comes at a good time.
"Guys will have a couple days off and we need to do a good job using that," Fuente said. "We are heavy legged ... we're tired. We need some rest. They have done a good job fighting through it."
Many NCAA Division I teams will begin their season next week but the Tigers will have two weeks before their opener against Duke on Sept. 7. Duke opens its season on Saturday against North Carolina Central.
"We have two weeks of practice," Fuente said. "Next week gives us a chance to go to school and get adjusted to practice. We always give our kids Monday off. We will practice pretty heavy on Tuesday and a little lighter on Wednesday and Thursday."
Memphis will simulate its game week scenario next Friday and Saturday. The team will go through its regular game week routine for Fridays before games and will go through a complete mock game day on Saturday as part of FanFest.
Even fans are invited to go through their game-day routine including tailgating on Tiger Lane prior to a mock game walk-through slated for 12 noon in Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Fanfest begins at 11 a.m. with face painting, balloon artists and inflatables available for children, and merchandise and season tickets will be on sale.
At the conclusion of the walk-through which is expected to last one and half hours, fans will be invited onto the field for an autograph and photography session.
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