FLORENCE -- The University of North Alabama football team opened what head coach Bobby Wallace called 'the most important week of the season' Monday with its first full-speed scrimmage.
"I saw some good things today as far as contact," Wallace said. "But today is just the beginning and it's going to be a week-long process. This is the most important week of the season, from now through our scrimmage Saturday. When it's over, we have to have a good idea of who will play and who will be on the scout team."
Wallace said it was obvious Monday that some players were ready for contact.
"There were some especially good hits in the secondary from some new guys," Wallace said. "We had good contact from two freshmen, Khyle Jackson Madison, Ala.) and Floyd Jones (Town Creek, Ala.). You can see they are sure not scared of contact."
Wallace also praised the play of defensive lineman Dominique and defensive back Rod Woodson.
Offensively, Wallace said the Lions can't put the ball on the ground and continue to make poor decisions.
"We put the ball on the ground way too much, then threw interceptions because of some bad decisions. We can't afford to turn the ball over and we have to correct those mistakes," he said.
Red-shirt freshman running back Lamonte Thompson of Florence continued to standout. "I don't think we have had a scrimmage since I'be been here that he hasn't made big plays," Wallace said. "He can make some explosive plays, he just has to continue to concentrate on holding on to the football."
Wallace said he and his coaching staff will evaluate Monday's scrimmage but he was generally pleased.
"Overall, for the first day and the first scrimmage, we got a lot in," Wallace said. "To go full speed you have to know what to do and how to do it and right now we have some people who are not sure what they are supposed to do."
UNA will have its first two-a-day workout on Tuesday with sessions at 9 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.