Savannah State battled the heat and each other Saturday in the team's first preseason scrimmage at T.A. Wright Stadium.
The offense had some moments, including a nice drive capped off by a TJ Bell touchdown run, but struggled for most of the day. Those struggles were most apparent up front, as the Tiger defense racked up multiple sacks.
Head coach Erik Raeburn knows his team is young on the offensive line, but says that unit must step up before the season opener.
"It's difficult to play with that many true freshmen out there. They're going to make mistakes," Raeburn says. "But it's getting to the point where those mistakes have to start disappearing. We know there's going to be some growing pains, but we need that group to be more consistent and more physical for sure."
Raeburn says all six offensive linemen that signed with the program in February are on the two-deep, and that's a good thing. But the youth also showed Saturday.
"I think we're more talented than we were a year ago. But still young and inexperienced," Raeburn says. "We're not blocking at the line of scrimmage like we need to to be really successful."
Overall though, Raeburn did see things to be excited about. The Tigers will look to clean up some of the negatives by next week's scrimmage.
Savannah State opens the 2017 season September 9 at Appalachian State.