Purple and Gold game Saturday

With spring practice for the Golden Eagles’ football team wrapping up, the team’s coaches are focusing on fine-tuning techniques. Although the new offensive scheme has been the talk of the spring, the defense should not be overlooked.

Every prospective starter for next season played in or started majority of the games in 2013. Among those returning are All-OVC selections Tra’Darius Goff, Marty Jones, and the third leading tackler Austin Tallant. Also, returning to the team is junior Demario Donnell who ranked in the top five in the conference in pass break-ups.

The defense has been looking particularly sharp in the past two scrimmages. They have committed no penalties in their match-ups, which they ranked top in the conference in. This offseason the team has been looking to focus more on their defensive techniques and cutting down on simple mistakes.

“The coaches have really been on the defense about our focus,” said defensive lineman Tre’Mon Fletcher. “They’ve been making sure that every down, we give it our all. Whether it be technique, hand placement, pursuit or explosion, we’re staying on top of the little things.”

With spring drills wrapped up this month, the team will hold its annual spring game Saturday, April 5 at 12 p.m. Look for the focused defense to try and shut down Tech’s revamped offensive scheme.

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