When a team has a prolonged amount of time away from the practice field, players have a tendency to forget the basic fundamentals or develop sloppy habits.
And as a
result, Tigers offensive coordinator Rob Spence and
defensive coordinator Vic Koenning have spent a large
amount of time since the first bowl practice making
the sure players remember what they are supposed to
"One of the problems with a young and inexperienced
team is that our fundamentals are extremely
important," Koenning said. "We have to be
fundamentally correct or pretty close or we?re very
average at best.
"We've been spending quite a bit of time trying to get
back to do things right and we've still got some
things to do. We got better today than we did
yesterday and hopefully tomorrow will be better than
today. You get it kind of shored up and then you get
another couple of days off and you go, oh no here we
Spence said even though there is a lot more experience
on the offensive side of the ball that he has spent an
equal amount of time as Koenning practicing the little
"The one thing that you can't take for granted are the
fundamentals and techniques at your position," Spence
said. "You want to make sure you?re giving an adequate
amount of time to that even when you're preparing this
late in the season. I think the tendency is to get
away from that as the year rolls on and if anything
you should probably focus on that more in a game like
"We've really hit home on some of the basic
fundamentals like the position at quarterback and just
making sure the footwork is on order and making sure
all the attention to detail is there on each and every
ADAMS WANTS TO COME BACK: Junior defensive end Gaines Adams said even though he
sent in paperwork to the NFL to inquire about his
possible draft position, he said he has every
intention on remaining a Tiger.
"It's 99.9 percent I'm coming back," he said. "It's
not even a question no more. I just sent the
information off to the Junior Committee just to see
what they would say and just to see what type of
ranking they would give me right now. I'm coming back
next year and hopefully I can do better than this
QUICK HITS: The team scrimmaged today in goal line situations,
which means a lot of live and hard hitting. Other than
center Dustin Fry with a sprained ankle, there are no
injuries. The team will scrimmage again Monday.
Spence said he can tell a big difference in
quarterback Charlie Whitehurst now as compared to all
of October and November.
"It's definitely a lot better," Spence said. "He looks a lot better and I think he feels a lot more
comfortable knowing that it's nothing serious."
Spence, Koenning Talk Bowl Game
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