August 10, 2016

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MARTIN, Tenn. - Despite sultry conditions throughout the day, the University of Tennessee at Martin football team spent much of its day on the practice field by conducting the first two-a-day of fall camp.

The Skyhawks divided the loaded practice day into two sections, one in the morning before coming back under the lights several hours later. While donning pads for the just the second day of camp, the Skyhawks made the most of them by working on team situations from various sections of the field while going full contact.

"It was a good day," said UT Martin head coach Jason Simpson. "I think the guys attacked the two-a-days grind of it. This morning we wore the Skyhawk gear and bounced around pretty good while still banging around a little bit, installing and staying heavy with fundamentals. We came back tonight, went full pads and got physical. We know we have good players but we need to start polishing some things up a little bit while focusing on the system and execution."

Looking to focus on situations and special teams, UT Martin worked on its two-minute drill along with setting up on the one-yard line and redzone offense. Featuring a team with several new faces and a tough quarterback competition, situational sets prove beneficial to the team's growth while showing glimpses of the team's weapons.

"Every day we try to put some redzone offense into practice," said Simpson. "If you're going to be a 30-point offensive team, you have to be able to score when you are in the redzone. With young quarterbacks its two fold. We have to make sure that they can see different situations while taking care of the football as well as understanding the schematics."

Towards the end of Practice #7, the Skyhawks turned to their depth for additional reps. While the majority of team situations feature the first and second teams, UT Martin turned the ball over to its young core of players looking for valuable snaps in a completive environment.

"We kind of got off script a little bit by playing some of our younger players," said Simpson. "We have had to cut out some of their snaps recently in order to get our guys on and off the field. Tonight we were able to get them 10-12 plays so that they can watch themselves on tape and get things corrected by their coaches. It was good to be able to get some of that done."

UT Martin will return to practice on both Thursday and Friday night before holding its first scrimmage of the fall on Saturday, Aug. 13. The first of four scheduled scrimmages is scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m. All practices and scrimmages are upon to the public.

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