Fifth-year senior cornerback Walt McFadden and his teammates were at the stadium on Saturday for their third preseason scrimmage. McFadden said the defense did some good things, but added the Tigers need to improve before playing a regular season game.
"There weren't a lot of penalties, but there were a lot of mistakes we have got to get over," said McFadden, who noted that the defense needs to continue to spend time in the film room studying assignments.
The cornerback said that "effort" was again a major theme from defensive coordinator Ted Roof and his staff. "Today was just a lot of hustle to the ball," he said. "There weren't too many big plays out there today. It was just simple and everybody getting to the ball, showing we are going to play with 13 guys on the field this year."
McFadden and the other defenders were not allowed to tackle the ball carriers to the ground unlike the previous two preseason scrimmages. There was also a limited amount of work with the first defense matching up against the first offense, which spent a good bit of time going against the scout team defense. "We basically kind of mixed it up," McFadden said, noting that backups and first stringers played together in the session.
"We didn't keep score today," McFadden added. "It was all about technique--more of a mental thing."
Commenting on the offense, the cornerback said he thought number one quarterback Chris Todd had a good scrimmage and he noticed that freshman tailback Onterio McCalebb had several nice runs. Another true freshman, receiver Anthony Gulley from Brantley, made a diving, one-handed catch on a pass from Todd that covered 25 yards.