Tigers Take the Field for Bowl Preparation
Squad worked out at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Thursday.
Dec. 13, 2007
MEMPHIS, TENN. - The Tigers returned to the field today and had a cold, but spirited practice at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The squad worked out for the first time in preparation for the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl where they will face Sun Belt champion Florida Atlantic on Friday, Dec. 21 at the Louisiana Superdome.
Coach Tommy West put his squad through about an hour and a half workout which also included special teams work to close out the day. Several players who had been sidelined during the season were back on the field including linebacker Winston Bowens (knee), running back Miguel Barnes (knee), wide receiver Maurice Jones (shoulder) and defensive lineman Ryan Williams (shoulder). All are still listed as day-to-day on whether or not they will see action in the bowl game.
"I thought we had a good practice today," said West. We had great enthusiasm. The guys have been off since the last game and I think they are ready to come back and go to work. They are like different guys out here today because at the end of the year you are just worn down and beat and are mentally tired. You can tell today that they have had that time off and they feel good."
"We are going to use these practices to try and keep getting better at what we do," added West. "We are going to take a little extra time on some days to work our young guys and try to teach them and get a little bit of a jump on spring practice with them. Outside of that, we are going to prepare here and be ready when we get down there so we can enjoy the bowl."
The Tigers will practice Friday through Monday and will use Tuesday as a travel day for all of the team to make its way down to New Orleans.
"FAU is a team that does not beat itself," commented West when assked about the upcoming opponent. "They are really good at protecting the ball, which is probably the best thing about them. They throw the ball really well but you have to beat them and they are hard to beat. They are a good team."