T-Day Spring Game Quotes


 

 

April 13, 2013

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Head coach Skip Holtz

Opening comments:

“I think I saw too much of Kenneth Dixon. I told Coach Juluke that I have 1500 yards of film on him and I don’t need to see him anymore today. We let him sit down and we needed to answer some other questions. I thought some of the other running backs stepped in there and really did a nice job without having a lot of experience. I thought the running backs ran hard. I thought they ran physical. I thought the offensive line did a pretty good job with blocking up front and creating some holes for them.”

“Overall, today it was a great evaluation day for where we are as a football team and it was a great day to make some individual decisions because we got a lot of plays in today. We got 85 plays in the first half. We got 47 in the second half. We got a lot of gradable film today in order for us to evaluate.”

“I thought overall it was a really productive day. We are coming out of it relatively healthy and I like the attitude and the way they worked. There was some good hitting going on out here today. As soon as you watch a touchdown pass, you go, “Yes, it’s nice to see us execute it.” Then you have to turn around and look at it and say that is our corner or our secondary. It is hard to really get an evaluation with where you are, but I thought it was great to get this many plays in today.”

 

 

On Scotty Young’s performance:

“I thought Scotty did a nice job. He did a good job of protecting the ball today. He did a nice job with the two-minute drive right before halftime with taking the team down the field and putting them in the end zone. I thought he did some really good things today.”

“The negative to the day for me was the four turnovers by Ryan (Higgins) and those are the things that will take you out of that running in a hurry, but I thought Scotty really did a nice job of running the offense. He’s playing with more confidence, especially for someone who has played as little as he has.”

 

On what needs improvement:

“Without watching the film, it is going to be hard to tell what our one need is because I think we have more than one need right now. I think when I look at it we have to get better at the linebacker position. Our secondary did not play as well today as they had in the last couple scrimmages.”

“I do not think we tackled as well as we needed to on defense, but I did not play IK (Enemkpali) a whole lot. I did not play Justin Ellis a whole lot today. There were a lot of guys I did not need to see play a bunch of plays. I think defensively I need to see us tackle better, play a little bit better in the secondary than we did today and keep coming at linebacker.”

“On the offensive side of the ball, I think we just need to continue to be more productive at the wide receiver position. They did some good things today: broke some tackles, made some catches, but I think that is an area we need to continue to improve over the course of the summer.”

 

 

On exposure plays for the offense: 

“I was pleased that we were able to execute it. I think anytime you go through spring and go against yourself, it seems like the defense got the best of the offense last week, then they come back this week and the offense battles back and gets the better of the defense. If we went again next week, it might be a completely different story. It was nice to see them be able to make some reads and throws, execute and break some tackles to create some holes. It is always nice to see productivity as an offense.”

 

On the running game: 

“I thought it was as good as it has looked all spring. I thought Kenneth Dixon, he only carried the ball a couple times today, but I thought that (Marlon) Seets, (Rickey) Courtney, some of those guys went in there and really did a nice job of running the ball. I think Matt Moore has really done a nice job with this offensive line. They started creating some hole, but when you take Justin Ellis and IK (Enemkpali) out of the defensive front, it makes a difference.”

 

 

On who stepped up and could be a factor later on: 

“I thought Scotty (Young) stepped up today. With the way he played last week at quarterback, I think Scotty really stepped up. I thought (Marlon) Seets really ran physical today. I thought he really ran hard and physical. When there was not something there, he put his shoulder down, he ran north and south. I thought really showed up. I am going to have to watch more of the film on the individuals, but just coming off the field at first glance that is what I see.”

 

On Paul Turner’s performance and the progress on his eligibility: 

“I would like to see it. I know he is not coming home just to play football. When you look at why he left LSU, he wanted to come closer to home and he has some family things there. I would certainly like to see it happen for the young man and our football team. He is a very talented young man with a good attitude and he has come in and worked really hard.”

 

 

On Lou Holtz and family being in attendance for the game: 

“It is nice to have him here. As I said to him, I asked, “Do you want to talk to the media?” He’s not one to normally shy away from the media, but he said he was here as a parent and said he wanted to come and watch the scrimmage and have the opportunity to see a little of Louisiana Tech. It was neat to have him here. I think it is great for him to evaluate this football team and be able to give it the view from 20,000 feet and the overall view. I am interested in getting some of his feedback from the day today.”

“Both sons, my daughter, the whole family is here. It is great to have both of my sons. Trey came up from Austin and my other two children came up with my wife from Florida, so it is great to have everybody here. It has been a hard adjustment being here since Dec. 15 and not being able to be around my family makes it hard. They’ll be up here soon, but it is great to have the family together. We had a chance to spend some quality time last night and hopefully again tonight before they all have to go back to go to school.”

 

 

On the next step after the spring: 

“I will be grading this film this week and we will have individual player meetings. I will have a team meeting Tuesday to wrap up spring ball. The staff is ready to get on the road. They get on the road after being in house this week, and then we get back on the road for about four, five weeks starting recruiting. We will go straight into junior recruiting at this point, then come off the road at the end of May and get ready for summer camps and at that point start getting ready for fall ball. There is not a lot of down time right now.”

 

 

On determining starting positions: 

“I think starting jobs are earned in the spring, but I also think you are giving the underclassmen an opportunity to play by not solidifying position because it is about a level of play. You do not inherit a position. You do not step in because the guy in front of you graduated. You have to play to a certain level or that position is still going to be open. That is why we have to watch the film and really make some individual grades and announce the depth chart and where we are right now. I think some guys stepped up and did some really good things. I am glad we have four months until we play at NC State.”

 

 On whether he would like another week of practice: 

“I would like another 15 days. I told them we have come a long way just from a standpoint of 15 days ago and putting in the offense, defense and walking out here for the first time trying to set a standard. I think we have come a long way and these guys have made a lot of strides.”