Titans Host Buccaneers in Preseason Home Opener Saturday at LP Field


](http://prod.static.titans.clubs.nfl.com/assets/docs/090815bucs.pdf)NASHVILLE, Tenn. --**  The Tennessee Titans return home this week to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneersin the first preseason game of 2009 at LP Field (capacity 69,143). Kickoff for the LP Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts Game is scheduled for 7 p.m. CDT on Saturday, Aug. 15.

The game marks the 11th preseason opener at LP Field, which opened in 1999. The Titans are 13-7 all-time in the preseason at LP Field, including a 7-3 mark in home preseason openers. For the first time, the Titans and Louisiana Pacific Corporation (LP) are partnering with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in the preseason opener. LP, which upon becoming a naming rights sponsor in 2006 began the tradition of honoring a non-profit during the preseason, has donated 500 game tickets to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Representatives of LP and the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will be recognized during the game with an honorary game ball.

Additionally, fans are encouraged to bring "gently-worn" shoes and donate them outside of the stadium gates in the Tennessee Titans Soles4Souls Shoe Drive.


The game will be televised regionally on the Titans Preseason TV Network, including flagship WKRN-Channel 2 in Nashville. Cory Curtis will handle play-by-play duties, while former Titans running back Eddie George will provide color commentary. Joe Dubin will report from the sidelines. Viewers outside of Nashville can check their local listings for additional preseason affiliates. A full listing of preseason affiliates is available on page 2 of this release.

The Titans Radio Network, including Nashville flagship 103.3-WKDF, will broadcast the game across the Mid-South with the "Voice of the Titans" Mike Keith, color commentator Frank Wycheck, sideline reporter Cody Allison and gameday host Larry Stone.


The Titans helped open the NFL's preseason schedule last week, traveling to Canton, Ohio, to play the Buffalo Bills in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. The Titans jumped out to an early lead, scoring 21 points in the first half, and they held on for a 21-18 victory. Tennessee's scoring plays included a 40-yard touchdown run on a fake punt by rookie A.J. Trapasso, a three-yard LenDale White touchdown run and a five-yard touchdown pass from Vince Young to Paul Williams.

Most of the team's starters played all of the first quarter, amounting to two series for both the offense and defense. Starting quarterback Kerry Collins completed seven of 10 pass attempts for 82 yards in his quarter of work.

The Titans forced three turnovers, including interceptions by safety Michael Griffin and rookie cornerback Jason McCourty and a fumble recovery on punt coverage by rookie linebacker Gerald McRath.


Because it will be the Buccaneers' first preaseason contest, the game holds significant intrigue for their fans. It will be the first outing for new head coach Raheem Morris, the team's former defensive backs coach who was named to his current post in January. Also potentially making his Buccaneers debut will be former Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman, the 17th overall selection selection in the 2009 NFL Draft.

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