UNA held two practices Thursday afternoon, and they were all about competing. The 2016 edition of the Lions could be as deep and talented a group since Bobby Wallace returned back to the program.
"There is a lot of competition there, but we've got to pick up the intensity a little bit," said Head Coach Bobby Wallace. "And it's hard when you're not tackling because you question when to stop and when not to stop. I'm pleased, I'm not disappointed."
As Luke Wingo graduates, Jacob Tucker steps in at quarterback to continue the production on offense.
"2014, Luke got injured against Valdosta and I turned around and started against Western Oregon. As far as preparation, it's the same stuff, still gotta know what you're doing, and be ready for that chance, that opportunity," he said.
The defense should be stellar with experience galore in the secondary, including Philbert Martial and Muscle Shoals native Levi Fell.
"Talking a lot is key in the secondary," Fell said. "As long as you're communicating with your safety and the other corner, you should be locked down. It's great being out there with them, and I think it's gonna be a great year."
The first two games for UNA are against FCS runner up in 2015 Jacksonville State and Gulf South Conference rival Valdosta State.
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