Quotes from Spring Practice No. 5


 

 

March 23, 2012

“It was a pretty good day. It was a competitive practice although I thought it got a little chippy at times. We have to do a better job of taking care of one another – we have guys hitting late and that kind of thing. We need to be a little more disciplined but I like the way our guys are working. I thought we were a little flat offensively. I noticed that at the beginning of practice and it carried through but we just have to grind through that tomorrow. We’ll see how these guys play tomorrow in a scrimmage situation.”

“We have a lot of young players that don’t have a lot of game experience. They are going to get their first opportunity tomorrow. I am anxious to see how they do.”

On players wanting to make hits:

“I think it is always good but they [the players] have to learn to take care of each other. The objective is to make each other better. We need to be full strength. We are still working on our depth and where it needs to be and we need to have our best players on the field.”

On accomplishing what he wanted to accomplish during the first week:

“It has been good. We still have to get a lot better.  There are still some moving parts we need to get on the same page. Our offensive line is vastly improved, especially our starting group. The second offensive line is creating depth and starting to push those guys [the first group]. I wouldn’t be surprised if you started to see some from the second team offensive line on the first team offensive line. That is what you want – competition, guys coming out every day and knowing they are going to have to compete for their job. We have that more on a consistent basis than we have ever had before.”

On Colby Cameron:

“Like all of our quarterbacks, he has made some mistakes here and there but the biggest difference in him is his confidence is higher and decision making is a lot quicker. When that happens, it allows him to get rid of the ball quicker which allows receiver to catch the ball quicker which gives you more catch and run opportunities. That really changes your offense just by your quarterback making quicker decisions.”


 

 

On playmakers at wide receiver on the same page as the quarterback:

“It is important. Once we are done with spring we have to do a good job of those guys working on their own and working on their timing. Quinton Patton is really starting to get on the same page [as Colby]. Myles White is there sometimes, DJ Banks is really improving on a daily basis – today was probably his best practice. It is good to see those guys out there improving and getting on the same page but there is still a lot of work to do between now and August 30th.”

On running backs:

“Ray [Holley] could probably go right now but we’re just trying to protect him a little bit. It is good to see Tevin King out there. He has been good but he is still learning. He can do a lot of exciting things with the ball. We’ve got some different types of bodies.”

On local attitudes after Tech won the WAC Championship:

“I think there is a difference. People are starting to see how much potential this program has. I have always believed that this is the kind of place, given the resources, that can be really good and be like Boise State. You can find players here and recruit here. We just have to keep pushing forward with improving facilities which I think we are going to do. We just have to get those things going. As coaches, we have to do a good job of continuing to push our players. That is the key – making sure you never really feel comfortable. You always want to feel a little bit uncomfortable so you keep grinding and keep pushing to be better. We are turning over rocks to find good players to bring in here then we keep challenging our players to get better every day.”