Tigers Eager For The Start Of Fall Practice
Memphis, TN— On the eve of 105 student-athletes stepping on the practice fields at the Park Avenue Campus for the start of the 2012 preseason camp, University of Memphis first-year head coach Justin Fuente and members of the Tiger football program’s leadership council met with members of the media on Sunday.
“This is just one of those days which seems to go forever because all you are thinking about is the next day,” Fuente said.
The Tigers reported to campus on Sunday and following a series of individual and team meetings, the squad will finally turn its attention to Monday afternoon’s initial practice. The first, two-hour practice is slated to begin at 4:30 p.m. Monday afternoon.
According to NCAA rules, only helmets may be worn during the first two days of practice. The NCAA allows for helmets and shoulder pads on days three and four and from the fifth day onward, full pads are allowed.
The Tigers are scheduled to hold their first set of two-a-days on Saturday.
“We have a good handle on what guys can do but there will be new bodies out there so you go back through that evaluation process,” Fuente said of the opening days of camp. “What are these guys particular skill set? What can they actually do and how can we manipulate that into to fit in our offense, defense or special teams? Player evaluation will be big. Player competition will be big and then, the installation of our base scheme. We will throw it all at them in the first five days and then we will go scrimmage on the sixth day.”
The Tiger players in attendance at Sunday’s media event all expressed their excitement about the start of preseason camp.
“I’m antsy and ready to get out and start playing football,” said senior nickelback Akeem Davis. “I’m ready to put our best foot forward and get better because we owe it to our University and our city, and most importantly I think we owe it to ourselves as a football team.”
Senior offensive lineman Jordan Devey added, “The coaching staff has great chemistry. Them being able to get along as well as they do kind of translates to us as a team. We’ve had a lot of progress feeding off of their energy just in the spring. Now going into fall camp, it’s the same deal. I wish I was a freshman and had four years left here.”