Chattanooga-(WDEF) When head coach Michael Calloway looks at his Howard squad, he sees a lot of inexperience. "We have so many young guys, and the young guys are so not used to working hard. So not used to working in the hot sun."
And the hard work is not limited to the field. Said linebacker Kentariuf Hampton,"We have to improve on our attitudes and discipline like no talking back. When coach says do something, then do it. Show leadership and pride."
While the Hustlin' Tigers will be young, especially on the line, one group appears to have talent and experience. Said quarterback Terrance Brooks,"Linebackers. We're good with the linebackers. We know they're going to hit. They're going to step up and hit."
And to get the guys in shape in fall camp, the Hustlin' Tigers have been running through the streets of Chattanooga. Said Calloway,"During camp, we wake up at five o'clock. Get them up at five o'clock. Get them stretched out, and then about 5:20, we send them out on a two-mile run." Said Hampton,"We have a couple of people like juniors who stay in the back to push our linemen where they want quit on us. We know if they run that far, then they'll last longer in a game." Said Calloway,"Kids like it when the cars are blowing their horns at them. Honking at them. Saying good luck to them this year. When they run out in the street, CARTA bus drivers blow at them sometimes. They appreciate that."
Reporter-"How does that make you feel? Give you extra confidence maybe?" Said Brooks,"Gives you a lot of confidence. They see you walking, and they are going to tell you to run. Makes you run harder. Try to make it all the way back to the school."