He explained the reason for his disappointment.
"We had too many dropped balls. That's the thing today, we had too many dropped balls," he said. "I still think (starting quarterback) Mike Henig had a good day. We had guys open, but we didn't catch the ball well today. I was disappointed in our offense. It was lackadaisical. And we had a good day yesterday."
What made it even more frustrating to him is the lack of consistency. One day his players do well, then the next day they are disappointing. He blames it on mental toughness - or lack of.
"The whole spring we have talked to our players about having mental toughness," said Croom. "We can't seem to be mentally tough enough to put two good days in a row together. That was the same thing today. That's mental toughness. We are physically tough. There's no question about that because we will hit people, but right now we are not a mentally tough football team."
While the offense drew his wrath, the defense drew nothing but praise.
"The defense did a great job. Every tipped ball the defense came up with an interception," said Croom. In fact, during one drill the defense intercepted two passes back to back.
He's hoping he'll see some of that same kind of mental toughness from the offense during Saturday's 1 p.m. scrimmage.
"Believe me we are going to put them in situations to find out if they are mentally tough," said Croom.
He already put senior kicker Keith Andrews in that kind of situation on the last play of Friday's practice. Well, actually the other players did. And Keith was up to the task.
"The kickers had missed a few (field goal attempts). They had four (gassers) to run because we had four misses, so we put them in a situation by backing them to the 40," said Croom. "We let (the players) choose who they wanted to kick it. They chose Keith Andrews. If he kicked it, then they could go in and not have to run. It was all or nothing and he made it." With yards to spare.
And I have a strong feeling Coach Croom hopes the offense steps up in the same way during Saturday's practice.
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