FLORENCE, Ala. -- Five days into their 2014 pre-season practices, the University of North Alabama football team is continuing to look solid on both sides of the ball, according to head coach Bobby Wallace and had another good day of work Tuesday.
"I think it's going well," said Wallace. "Today was much better than yesterday. The tempo picked up and was better today. We've been hitting a little bit the last two days so I know the guys are a little sore but they worked through it.
Wallace said the Lions offensive unit seems to be coming together.
"Luke Wingo and Jacob Tucker are both seasoned quarterbacks. We've got outstanding running backs. The new receivers we added have mixed well with the returners we have and the offensive line is doing well so I think at this point we are living up to expectations," Wallace said. "Right now our offense is not as complicated as it will be a month from now and we will be working putting a lot more of it in over the next few weeks," Said Wallace. "But I'm very pleased with where we are."
Wallace said he was also pleased with the work of the defense.
"We're very pleased with the defense," Wallace said. "We added two strong corners to the two pre-season all-conference corners we have coming back and the line is pretty solid and developing depth. We thought linebacker was going to be a concern but as of now we know we have at least seven who can play so the concern now will be on who is going to start."
Another bright spot, according to Wallace, is the development of leadership on the team.
"We lost a lot of good leaders and seniors from last year," Wallace said. "We are mostly a junior team this year but a lot of those guys are stepping up and taking leadership responsibilities and that's exciting to see."
The Lions will put on full pads for the first time Wednesday.