Practice Report (4.1.14)

Spring Practice is in its third week and more and more players are catching our eye on both sides of the ball. The defense, which had more personnel to replace, is finally starting to show signs of consistency and play makers are starting to emerge.

Up until this point the offense had been getting the best of the defense on nearly every outing. Defensive Coordinator, John Thompson is demanding of his defense and admits there has been errors, but he did see a lot of things that he liked in practice on Tuesday.

"You get what you emphasize, one step at a time. Our tackling has improved, and we delivered a lot of strikes today. Mentally our guy's have accepted their roles, and I really like what David Mayo is giving us out there," said Coach Thompson.

Individually Damani Alexcee was one player specifically who shined and had clearly his best practice of the spring thus far. Alexcee had several strong tackles, including the highlight of the day, laying the wood on one of the TE's coming over the middle and sitting him down for about two minutes. The hit could be heard throughout the stadium and sent the message that the Defense would be toyed with no more.

Alexcee also showed strong coverage skills, picking up a few pass breakups and one big diving interception during red zone drills. Today, Damani seemed to be all over the field, possessing good closing speed and long arms to get himself in on any pass that came to his side.

"I hope today proved to my team that anything they need I'm going to be there, if we need a big play I'm going to try and make it, if we need a confidence boost I'm going to try and provide it for our team. Me and the other defensive backs are really starting to get on the same page, and the defense as a whole is getting together mentally, which allows us to play faster and stop dwelling on what we are supposed to be doing out there."

In the goal line package, the defense looked very strong, rarely letting the offense make it in the end zone. Aside from Alexcee's interception, Jarrid Jeter-Gilmon had a monster hit after filling his gap and surprising a running back who thought he had a hole.

The Defense isn't lock down yet, but have made some serious strides since the first week of practice. Once the juco signees get to campus later this summer/fall, things could be really looking up for Texas State.

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