Following Sunday's practice, offensive coordinator Hugh Nall said overall he was pleased with what he saw Saturday, but it gave the Tigers plenty to work on in the practices leading up to April 5th's A-Day Game.
"I thought we did a lot of good things," Nall said. "There were a lot of things that have to improve real quick. We had some foolish penalties and problems, but one of the good things, knock on wood, is that we didn't have any quarterback/center exchange problems and we only had one fumble. We had the two interceptions and that has to stop, but for that many snaps that was a positive. Early in the spring we had been having some problems putting the ball on the ground.
"I thought assignment-wise we did OK, but what we have to do is pick it up another notch and finish blocks better and finish runs better and catch the ball. Overall, I thought it was a good day. I'm not happy, but I'm excited about where we are. I'm certainly not happy. We have a long way to go.
"I really thought our receivers played well and our backs ran hard. I thought the kids competed hard for the most part. We're not in the type of football shape we need to be as far as the leg drive and continuos staying bent for long periods of time. That wore on the guys up front a little bit. I wish we could have a scrimmage like that every day because that's what we need. Overall, I was happy with the way things went. I'm not pleased with where we are, but we've made progress."
While the offense dominated much of Saturday's scrimmage because of the play of the guys up front, defensively the concern is still in the secondary where receivers Devin Aromashodu, Ben Obomanu, Courtney Taylor and Jeris McIntyre all had good days catching passes from Jason Campbell and Josh Sullivan. Coach Tommy Tuberville said on Sunday that a few guys made some strides in the secondary, but the consistency at the corner position is still something they hope to see the remainder of spring practice.
Devin Aromashodu comes back to the huddle after running a route in Sunday's practice.
"We still have a battle at corner," Tuberville said. "Lamel Ages and Dee Durham are still looking for some answers at corner. At safety Donnay Young is playing pretty well and Junior Rosegreen is playing better than he has. We're still a ways away, but we're working so many guys in and out. When you don't work as a group it's hard to tell really what you've got."
Now over halfway through the 15 practices allowed by the NCAA during spring workouts, Tuberville said his team as made some big improvements in areas and overall they are on the right track. Scheduled to practice Wednesday and Thursday before taking a little over a week off for spring break, the team will have another short scrimmage one of those days in an effort to sharpen the focus before the long break.
"I'm really proud of the improvement of the team," Tuberville said. "We've gotten better from top to bottom. We've pretty much stayed healthy. We have a couple of guys beat up, but other than some bumps and bruises we don't have any serious injuries. We're on track to have another good scrimmage and when we do hopefully we'll make a big jump in some areas that we didn't make as big a jump as we thought we should have."
Marcus McNeill and Monreko Crittenden both performed well in Saturday's scrimmage.
On the injury front both Jay Ratliff and Ryan Broome practiced Sunday with Broome riding an exercise bike on the sidelines. Both should be ready to go full speed after spring break and will play in the A-Day game. After going through Saturday's scrimmage, tailback Carnell Williams was going full bore Sunday and looks to be back to nearly 100 percent. Tuberville said working through the injury in Saturday's practice was a big hurdle to climb for the sophomore running back and it should be all downhill for him to be back to his old self by two-a-days in August.