Lions continue football practice with scrimmage, two-a-days

Malisa McClure

The UNA Lions football team held its first day of two-a-day practices today, starting with a second day of full-speed scrimmage play this morning.

The team, which began practicing together for the first time Aug. 9, still has work to do on both sides of the ball, said Head Coach Bobby Wallace.

Offensively, the team fumbled once and threw multiple interceptions and on the defensive side, there were multiple missed tackles, coaches said. Wallace said he would like to see more sacs from the defense as well.

“We’ve got to eliminate those bad plays,” Wallace said.

Wallace said he didn’t think the offensive line played well today, and that he’s “not sure we’re a good tackling football team right now.” He also said quarterback Chris Alexander is making too many bad decisions at this point.

“He’s got to improve (at throwing the ball) or we won’t be throwing the football – we’re gonna be running it 80 times a game or 50 times and them punting,” Wallace said.

Despite Alexander’s decision making, he is still the most likely candidate for starting quarterback this fall.

“He’s a clear-cut first guy,” Wallace said.

The freshmen on the team are still struggling, Wallace said.

“They don’t know what to do. They’ve been here less than a week and when you don’t know what to do it’s hard to go full speed and show really how good you are,” Wallace said. “But … the goal is to have them knowing what to do on a handful of plays by Saturday so they can go full speed.”

The Lions will resume practice this afternoon at 3:15 p.m. today on the turf field by Flowers Hall. The team will host its fall scrimmage game this Saturday, Aug. 18, at Braly Stadium from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m.

Follow @FlorAlaSports for updates during Saturday’s scrimmage.