"Mike showed some real promise with his athletic ability and smarts," Nall says. "I am trying just to make sure I get some depth in the right places. I liked what he had been doing at guard and I was not happy with some things at tackle and I moved Mike out there and he really did some nice things today."
Berry, a 2006 signee out of Brentwood Academy in Tennessee, has spent most of his preseason working at center.
OL coach Hugh Nall makes a point to Mike Berry.
Nall says Berry has a "long way to go," but is encouraged. "Number one, he is learning what to do exactly and he was a little bit hesitant at times because of that. I was impressed with what I saw so far.
"He is doing a good job of getting his hands on people in pass protection," Nall says. "I think he will get better as he gets more work there."
Nall says that guards Ben Grubbs and Tim Duckworth played well in the first scrimmage. He notes that Hart played well "except for a couple of situations" and adds he played with "good intensity." Backup guard Tyronne Green won praise, but Nall adds, "Some other guys need to really pick it up."
Nall says the Tigers miss their starting center, Cope, who the coach is not sure when he will be ready for full contact. At the Thursday morning's full pads session, Cope ran on the side and did some snapping in non-contact passing drills.
"I am ready to find my starting five," Nall says. "I am ready to start building some chemistry. I thought we had a lot better practice today although there were a lot of good things yesterday. When you run the ball for 300 yards something is good, but we had some breakdowns in protection.
"On a scale of 1 to 10, I thought yesterday (Wednesday's scrimmage was about a 6 1/2. It was above average, but not much above average."
Nall and the Tigers will be back on the practice field for a second Thursday session at 5:30 p.m. that will be in shorts instead of the full pads work that featured a lot of 11 on 11 sessions on Thursday morning.