Wednesday Practice Report

The Tigers returned to full pads earlier this afternoon for another 3 hour spring practice session. Afterwards, head coach Tommy Bowden mentioned several new players that caught his eye.

Grant Steadily Improving
Head coach Tommy Bowden said that wide receiver Kelvin Grant has an outstanding past two days of practice.

"Kelvin Grant looked really good," said Bowden after practice earlier this afternoon. "He made some catches today that were just flashes of what he has potential to do. He made some great catches going against Justin Miller. One was a slant, one was a post, one was a hitch. A couple of them were in traffic."

Grant has been named a starter by default, but according to multiple coaches, has really started to come on as of late.

Groover Back...Dukes Out
Cory Groover was back in action after taking Monday off to head back home to be with his son, who was suffering from an illness. Meanwhile Marion Dukes missed practice today with a death in the family.

"Dukes had a relative pass away so he wasn't here," said Bowden.

Bowden commented once again that there is concern at tackle, citing Roman Fry who didn't have a particular strong practice. "He just wasn't very consistent," added Bowden.

"Jesse Pickens, Cole Downer, Tim DeBeer, we are trying to find a third tackle out of those guys right now."

Defense Improving
After giving up a touchdown on 7-of-8 plays in a goaline scrimmage in the last practice before spring break, Bowden said that his defense is starting to assert itself more in practice.

"They started out really good today," said Bowden. "They just didn't finish it off. The defense dominated the first half, the offense dominated the second half."

"It's more 50-50 then it was," added Bowden, who later said that he'd like to see it more 75-25 in favor of the defense. "The offense probably got the best out of them, we need to be a little more productive down there defensively. They were better, probably 5-out-of-8."

The Tigers will return to the practice fields on Friday for their last practice before their first official scrimmage of spring ball on Saturday.

Saturday's scrimamge, which is set to begin at 10:30 AM, will be held in Death Valley is open to the general public. No injuries were reported for Wednesday's practice.

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