Post-Game Quotes



April 12, 2014

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Head Coach Skip Holtz

“It’s nice to finish up spring pretty much injury free after today. From what I am told Vernon Butler is going to be okay; it pretty much scared him as much as anything. Anytime you can come out here, get game reps with people in the stands, it is invaluable for these guys that haven’t played. One of my concerns on the offensive line were the center snaps and I thought they did a pretty good job with snaps. Hopefully we are getting a little better.”

“I was really excited about the halftime ceremony, putting the shovel in the dirt and being able to make progress. I keep using the expression that building is a game changer. It changes the face of this program, it changes the commitment level and it speaks volumes for where this program is going right now.”

“The bad part of the day was the number of interceptions that we threw. On the same part, our defensive backs went out and got some balls. I think we came out here players competed and really stood up and did some things. I am excited about the progress we made. We talked about needing to develop leadership and needed to develop some depth and I think we did that over the last 15 days.”

On plays on the perimeter by Paul Turner and Sanford Seay:

“Trent Taylor made some plays today and those are big plays. Those have a chance to make a difference. Paul Turner breaks a tackle early in the scrimmage and goes 70 yards with it for a touchdown. Sanford Seay makes a great catch down in the end zone with some of those circus catch-type opportunities we have talked about [needing]. Hunter Lee wasn’t out here today, Carlos Henderson missed spring with a broken wrist but those are two more guys that we feel can step in and give us a little more of that. I think it was a great glimpse into the future; I know it is the spring game and everybody is split in half. There are times it was ugly but at times I thought there were some great flashes here today.”

On the defensive backs being a strength:

“They have had an incredible spring. I think Le’Vander Liggins, Adairius Barnes, even Bryson Abraham – despite missing a tackle on that opening play – have had a great spring. Xavier Woods, Lloyd Grogan, Kentrell Brice and Thomas McDonald – those guys are all doing a really good job. That is seven guys giving you a two-deep for four positions and any one of them can play so we can keep fresh bodies in there. When you have that kind of depth, it allows you to do all kinds of different things. When you have the experience that group has, it is also giving us the chance to mix some things up and do some different things in coverages. We were very vanilla as what we did as an offense and a defense today. We only ran two offensive formations and one front with two coverages. It was a very vanilla game but we had a lot of guys that came out and made plays. It wasn’t a complex game but I think that secondary has a chance to be a strength for us.”