August 7, 2006

Practice report: Tigers back for more

The Tigers practice in shorts and shoulder pads on Monday morning. The full pads will not make their debut until Wednesday. But Monday's workout was not without some hitting. Here is a full report:

*True freshman Kevin Rutland worked in with the punt returners. Marcus Woods< is banged up, Jeremy Maclin is out for the season and Tremane Vaughns didn't show, so there may be some reps if someone stands out.

*While Adam Crossett worked on punting, the backups kicked field goals. We saw nothing to suggest Crossett should be concerned about his job being threatened. But when Crossett did join the fray, we didn't have our fears of the kicking game soothed either. He missed at least two kicks from inside 35 yards. One of them was an extra point.

*Marcus Woods did practice today in a red tank top. He was noticeably hobbled and was working with many of the true freshmen on offense. Pinkel said he didn't think the injury was too serious, but you've got to be concerned given Woods' history.

*The first big hit of camp came courtesy of Brandon Massey. During inside run drills, Massey popped Earl Goldsmith with his shoulder pads and knocked the running back off his feet. That is a little tougher to do this year. Pinkel said Goldsmith weighed in at 198 pounds this morning.

*Tommy Saunders is usually one of the more sure-handed Tigers, but he coughed one up in 11-on-11 today. Saunders was stripped and Darnell Terrell pounced on the fumble. Put me in the column of Darnell Terrell fans. I think he's primed for a monster year.

*Daniel did show some agility, breaking off a run of about 15 yards on the old QB counter play that Brad Smith perfected. He's not Smith, but he can move around a little bit.

*A couple of former Tigers were in attendance. Thomson Omboga and Calvin Washington both stopped by and chatted with coaches.

*Player of the Day: Jason Ray. Ray looked like he did in fall of 2004 when he simply caught everything in sight. The Oklahoma native made a number of acrobatic catches, including one he one-handed off his shoe tops. It's tough to keep a guy with hands that good on the sideline if he's healthy. will have a photo gallery from Monday's practice later this afternoon.

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