October 16, 2008

Ensminger stressing the positives

When Steve Ensminger reviewed the film of last Saturday's loss to Arkansas with the players, he found reasons for optimism.

And with the Tigers coming off two straight SEC losses and still reeling from the firing of offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, the players, particularly the offense, needs plenty of positive reinforcement.

"I thought we ran the ball really well, especially inside the 20," Ensminger said. "We had opportunities to score. I thought we actually left four or five touchdowns on the field. In the first half, we had Tim open down there and we throw a bad pass out of bounds. We dropped a touchdown pass. At the end of the ballgame, on Tim's 35-yard catch, it should be a touchdown. Kodi gets grabbed by the shoulder so he's late throwing the football and the ball hangs out there. If everything times out, he throws the football, he's going to catch it and run in the endzone. We're on 4-yard line and we miss a fade route that's open.

"I saw improvement and I want to be positive with the team about it. We left four touchdowns on the field. If we'll execute and get better at that stuff, we'll claim them in the next couple of games."

Senior wide receiver Rod Smith said he's been pleased with practices this week and is confident they're installing a good gameplan for the West Virginia game next Thursday.

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