Monday's Spring Practice Report

The Tigers hit the practice fields in shoulder pads and shorts earlier today for the first time since the end of spring break this past weekend. Practice began around 3:30 and concluded around 6:30.

Head coach Tommy Bowden said after practice that there were no injuries to report, although JUCO transfer DL Cory Groover missed his first day back due to family issues. Redshirt freshman Zach Green has also been out through the first 4 practices with an injury.

Sooner Then Expected Change?
Tommy Bowden said Monday afternoon that C.J. Gaddis could be given the opportunity to change positions as soon as the end of this week, should the opportunity present itself.

Where would he move?

"He could be a safety, a rover, a whip, a wide-out, or a running back," said Bowden. "It just depends on where we need him the most. It's something we'll look at more maybe at the end of the week."

Apparently, C.J. recently approached him about making a move that would allow him to see the field this fall.

Bowden also added that Gaddis is a "natural" punt returner and could see extensive time returning kicks this year.

New Names...Adams and Clark
Bowden also commended the play of defensive linemen Donnell Clark and Gaines Adams.

"You haven't heard his name much but I'm trying to give a couple of new names that are doing good," said Bowden of his two young defensive linemen.

"They did some good things for us in goaline situations. For Donnell, it's just making plays, and showing up. Also leverage. It's all about leverage. Just things like that."

Quarterbacks Looking Strong
Bowden again singled out the play of Charlie Whitehurst and back up Will Proctor.

"Will Proctor has had a pretty good four days of practice and has kind of solidified himself as the back up quarterback right now," said Bowden.

"Charlie Whitehurst has continued to throw the ball for us really, really well. Curtis Baham has probably been our most consistent receiver, but he dropped a few balls today," added Bowden.

Separation for Coleman?
In the on-going battle at running back, Duane Coleman appears to have the early advantage.

"Duane Coleman has really been giving a good effort. He's practiced really hard and is trying to create separation between him and Yusef, but we haven't had enough scrimmage situations to do it.

"We had a 3rd-and-8 scrimmage today so he hasn't really had that opportunity."

The Tigers will hit the practice fields again on Wednesday and Friday of this week, before holding their first scrimmage on Saturday. The time of that scrimmage, which is open to the general public, has not yet been determined.

For more insider notes about spring practice, make sure you check out our report in "The Valley" Top Stories