The third installment of Sportsline Summer Camp took a look Friday at the Tara Trojans, which finished 3-7 last year and are going into their third year under head coach Terry Washington.
The Trojans return 10 starters on defense and they'll be breaking in some newer players on the offensive side of the ball. We covered their spring game last month against Donaldsonville. Jeremiah Anderson recorded a tackle for loss. He'll be working to plug things up the middle on that defensive line.
Athletically, Washington said he likes what he sees, but the team’s fundamentals have to improve in camp in order to play sound football during the season.
"Defensively, Jeremiah Anderson is returning; he's a returning interior lineman," said Washington. "We have a lot of experience. The problem is we're just trying to get them guys to break down and stop trying to make the kill shot and just make the simple play and if we can do that, we'll be okay. We want to be an aggressive type of defense and we showed a little bit of that today, but Donaldsonville has some athletes as well. So, again, we cannot miss tackles and we have to play under control. But we can fix those things."
Quarterback Brandon Jordan is back for his senior season after starting for the first time last year. Jordan is a dual-threat QB who did some nice things in the spring game against the Tigers.
Washington said the Trojans will stay busy with 7-on-7 work, attending LSU and the Saints before the end of the summer.
Tempo is obviously very important to the coach.
"We want to play fast. We have a big offensive line, but if we can get those guys moved and put a body on the defensive side of football, those guys, we want to play fast and get the ball in those receiver hands, running back, and we get into space. That’s what we want to do. We want to play fast all the time. We're going to get better in the passing game. At the end of the day, that's where it got to be. We're okay in the trenches. We can run the football. We have to sure up that offense, the passing game. If we do that, I think we can be successful this year," Washington added.
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