Tigers tuning up

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 17, 2006

for season opener

By Austin Phillips

The Greenville Tigers held a scrimmage Friday night under the lights at Tiger Stadium and new head coach Brynat Vincent was pleased with what he saw.

He was not, however, pleased with Monday's practice.

&#8220I thought we looked good Friday night, but that didn't show (Monday),” Vincent said.

Following Friday night's scrimmage, Vincent said he was extremely pleased with the way the offensive line played and at how much they have progressed.

&#8220Our offensive line did a very good job,” Vincent said. &#8220They are making strides everyday.”

Vincent also saw some other bright spots on offense, including Fort Dale-transfer quarterback Casey Weston and receivers Lynn Lewis, Traves Yelder and Marcus Long.

On the defensive side of the ball, Vincent credited the play of Kelcius Pate, Marcus Mickles and Jamontay Pilson.

After Monday's sluggish practice, Vincent had new Birmingham-Southern head coach and former Alabama Crimson Tider Joey Jones stop by practice.

Jones, who was stopping by on his way through doing recruiting visits, has become a close friend of Vincent's.

&#8220It is extremely important to have connections in this business and Joey is a good friend, a great guy and I respect him,” Vincent said. &#8220It's great that I can pick his brain a little bit and see what kind of advice he has because he has been in the same position I am.”

Jones was able to ressurrect football programs at both Dora and Mountain Brook and turn them into powerhouses, and that is something Vincent is hoping to emulate.

&#8220We want to get better and learn to get better everyday,” Vincent said.