Outside of a day when Mother Nature made a nuisance of herself, spring practice went smoothly for the Troup Tigers.
“We had one day where we didn’t practice because of weather. We had a real bad storm move through,” Troup coach Lynn Kendall said. “But other than that, we didn’t have too many people get banged up. We had a good spring.”
The Tigers wrapped up spring practice with a scrimmage at Callaway Stadium.
“We did a couple of different little scenarios, for example I’d have first offense against the best defense that we could put out there. And we’d switch that around,” Kendall said. “We’d have different grouping of players. We switched that back and forth so we could get some good video on them. I thought it was good. We got a lot out of that. It was a good day.”
Kendall added that “we did a little bit of special teams, and I was glad that we did that. I thought some of those areas we improved in.”
The Tigers are coming off a six-win season that ended with a loss in the first round of the Class AAAA state playoffs to Gilmer County.
Kendall said a goal during spring practice is to identify players who can take the place of some talented seniors from the 2013 team.
“From an individual player standpoint, there were some guys we needed to look at, see what they can do,” Kendall said. “I thought we got a lot of information from where we’re at with those guys. We graduated some good players. We have to find some folks, and it’s time for them to step up.”
Spring practice also gave Kendall and the other coaches a chance to get a look at the incoming freshmen.
Those players participated in spring practice, and they had their own spring game.
“I thought they did a good job, just learning how we do things,” Kendall said of the freshmen. “It was good participation from those eighth-graders coming up from Long Cane. That was pretty positive.”