Tiger 'D' shines in scrimmage -- offense lacking
By AUSTIN COLBERT
By AUSTIN COLBERT
Fort Hays State University football coach Chris Brown pointed out a few things the Tigers' offense needs to fix following Thursday's scrimmage at Lewis Field Stadium.
On that list: pass protection, controlling the line of scrimmage, getting first downs, creating better holes for the running backs, getting the ball to the receivers quicker, and to stop turning the ball over.
Basically, the FHSU offense needs more than a little fine-tuning.
"Offensively, we got nothing going. We've got to do something better on offense," Brown said. "The defensive guys are pretty talented, pretty skilled guys. But offensively we have the same skill set on offense as we do on defense. ... When you start out a scrimmage with two turnovers real quick, a penalty that kills you, it just kind of snowballs from there and that's what happened today."
The scoreboard wasn't needed to know the defense dominated Thursday's scrimmage, the second of three scheduled for the Tigers prior to their Sept. 4 season opener at home against the University of Central Oklahoma.
Everything that could have gone wrong for the FHSU offense did, and as it is the quarterbacks took most of the scrutiny. Neither Treveon Albert nor Kevin Spain, both of whom are competing for the starting quarterback spot, did anything to help their case. From interceptions to frustrated outbursts, Brown saw enough to know he still has more thinking to do before deciding on the starter.
"We were kind of getting ready to decide, but after today it's back to square one," Brown said. "When bad things happen it's your job to get that offense motivated and get them going in the right direction. Right now it's a toss up. I need to figure out which one is going to get their head on right and figure it out."
On the plus side, the Tigers' defense looked every bit like a unit that returns nine of 11 starters from a season ago. Junior defensive back Raheeme Dumas stole the show, getting two interceptions, one of which he took back for a touchdown.
It didn't matter if it was the first, second or third string offense, the Tigers' defense had their number all afternoon.
"I thought our defense played pretty well. Had some great turnovers to start the game," Brown said. "(Dumas) is playing with confidence and that's what you need out of a corner, especially in this league with great wide receivers. If you don't have confidence as a corner you are not going to be very good. But he's stepping up and making plays."
The Tigers' third and final scrimmage will take place Wednesday, the time still to be determined. Brown is giving the players a day off today, which he hopes can refresh them after nearly two straight weeks of practice.
"Kids are a little tired. I think their legs are dead. We've been going since last Monday, so that's what, 11 days in a row?" Brown said. "It kind of wears on you. But I think we are getting better. I see guys making great plays on the field. But we just got to be more consistent on both sides of the ball."