August 6, 2010

Thursday practice notebook

Day two of summer practice concluded Thursday evening with head coach Gene Chizik again expressing how proud he was of the team for their energy and effort.

"It was pretty hot out there, in the middle of the afternoon, and the guys pushed through it," Chizik said. "I thought they had a high level of energy and really were focused. I think we've put together two nice days of practice."

The Tigers will don shoulder pads for the first time on Friday for the tentative last day of the split practice plan, where the newcomers take reps separately from the veterans.

"We'll transition into a little more contact," Chizk said. "It'll be a fun day for everybody, especially for the young guys that we're looking at to help us. We're seeing some good things out of them with this split practice plan, I think it's really helping us evaluate those guys."

As each practice is recorded, the split practice plan allows coaches to evaluate film and key in on the players they believe may see the field on Saturdays this fall.

"It gives us great evaluation tools on these guys," Chizik said. "As I've said over and over again, there's going to be a lot of guys that are going to help us this year."

Taylor likes talent at WR

Receivers coach Trooper Taylor added a number of talented incoming athletes to his already-stout wide receivers corps when the signing class arrived over the summer.

Freshman Trovon Reed has been impressing veteran teammates with his determination to prepare mentally for each practice as much as he has with his athleticism.

Taylor has also taken notice and believes if he continues to put in the effort, Reed will be an asset this season. ...

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