The practice ran from 5:45 PM to nearly 9:00 PM, the latest ending to a preseason practice on the schedule. Monday was the next to last day of summer school and head coach Tommy Bowden scheduled the practice around the academic schedule.
The Tigers will have their last day in shorts and helmets on
Tuesday, then go in full uniform for the first time on Wednesday
"It was another hot day, so it was good that we went as
late in the day as we did," said Bowden. "But it was still humid and
hot for the entire practice. The players didn't give in, however, we
had another good practice."
Bowden singled out some freshmen after the practice.
Cooper had a good day at linebacker. He looks good in drill
work so far. He has the ability to hit and disengage the blocker.
"Brandon Clear looked good at wide receiver, he really jumped
out at me on offense. He is faster than we thought and has the size
and range. If he continues to play that well we will find a place
for him. I was also impressed with Marcus Gilchrist and Jarvis
Bowden also commented on the progress of Sadat Chambers, a
letterman last year as a safety, who has been moved to running back.
"Sadat has done well. You can see he has some natural instincts when
it comes to playing running back. I am anxious to see how he does
when we scrimmage.
"Ray Ray McElrathbey has also done well. Competition tends
to motivate. He is limited a bit playing with a knee brace as he
recovers from the knee surgery he had this summer. "
Bowden said his team was in the most challenging part of the
"This will be the only time all year we practice eight
consecutive days. We will go the full eight days and practice twice
on Thursday. Next week I will reevaluate the two-a-day schedule. A
lot of the NFL teams are cutting out the second practice. I can see
a time when the NCAA will outlaw two-a-days. There always seems to
be a trickle down effect from the NFL to college."
Monday Practice Brief
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