The Troup Tigers are at the halfway point of their spring-practice schedule, and head coach Lynn Kendall likes what he’s seen so far.
The Tigers kicked off spring practice on Monday, and they wrapped up the week with a scrimmage on Friday.
“We’ve had a good week of practice,” Kendall said. “We have a lot of guys coming back, but we have a lot of unknowns. We had a lot of guys that graduated, especially on defense. We have to find who’s going to fit where. We have some guys that can play, it’s just getting them in the right spots and getting some experience.”
The Tigers finished third in Region 5-AAAA last season to make it to the state playoffs, and they finished 6-5.
Kendall said these two weeks give him a good idea of “who fits where.”
“Offensively, we’re looking for a couple of spots,” Kendall added. “We had a couple of guys graduate, but we’re also just trying to continue getting better at what we’re doing, and really focus on a lot of little things.”
One of the key players Troup is having to replace is running back Daryl Dunlap, who led the Tigers in rushing the past two seasons.
Dunlap was also one of the team’s top defensive players.
While it’s tough to see players like that leave the program, Kendall said it’s the nature of the sport.
“Somebody graduates, and it’s your time,” Kendall said. “We’ve got really good numbers out. We’ve got a lot of guys that are battling.”
In spring practice, Kendall said he and the other coaches spend a lot of time on instruction, on making sure what they’re teaching is sinking in.
“We’ve had a good tempo, but we’re taking time to make those corrections, and trying to get the little things, whether it’s footwork, or whether it’s ball placement, route precision, just all those little things that make the difference by the time you add them all up to the end of a ballgame,” Kendall said.
Kendall also said you have to limit what you try to accomplish during spring practice, since it’s such a short period of time.
“We’re working on a few things that we want to get good at, and not 15 things,” Kendall said. “We only have 10 days.”
The Tigers will return to practice on Monday, and they’ll wrap things up on Friday with their spring game at Callaway Stadium at 5 p.m.