Quotes from 2010 Spring Practice #7 First Spring Scrimmage

March 27, 2010

"The good thing is we felt like we got some work done and kept everybody healthy. We looked good in some spots overall and sloppy in some spots, about what I expected. We have to do a better job of being mentally tough when we are tired and executing better. We had more penalties than I want so we need to tighten that up a little bit. However, I thought we executed well and did some good things."

"Steven Ensminger did well today and I thought he did a lot of good things. He got the ball down the field and we had some receivers that made some plays. D.J. St. Julien made a couple of nice plays on some deep balls. I thought Tank Calais was excellent. Every time you looked up, he was all over the field, in on a lot of plays and created some turnovers. "

On Justin Ellis:
"He’s hard to move. He’s a big body inside and has a chance to be a good player for us. He needs to continue to get in a little better shape but he has some size and is hard to move. He does a good job of drawing a double team. I think if he can really get into shape, he can be a really good player for us."

On Roosevelt Falls:
"He stood out a little bit today. He made some nice runs and is a big, physical guy that is hard to tackle. In these early scrimmages we haven’t done a lot of live tackling - we actually haven’t done any - so the big backs are always more difficult to tackle early on. He did a good job of making some plays and running through some tackles."

On separation of players:
"As we go along more, the guys that are ready to play will start to emerge. At the end of spring, hopefully we will have a little better idea – at least going into the fall - who will be in our plans. We need to continue to give guys opportunities, see how they respond and build around those players."



On offensive line:
"I thought they were ok today. They seemed to get tired at times and made some penalties. They need to do a better job of being mentally tougher but they did a good job in pass protection and run blocking."

On adjusting to new speed:
"It is a process and I don’t know that we are fully adjusted yet. It takes time and we’re not playing at the tempo that we need to be playing at by any stretch of the imagination. We’re getting closer to getting there. These guys think they are playing fast right now but they will get faster and understand better and eventually it will become second nature to play fast after a while."

"We’re shooting for about 85 plays per game if we can. I think if we can get that, we’ll have a chance to score points. The most important number is first downs. If you can get first downs, then you’re moving the ball and you’ll get 85 plays and you’re keeping your defense off the field. All of that goes together."

On open depth chart:
"I agree [players are responding to the open depth chart]. Steven Ensminger was a tight end on the depth chart when we got here and now he certainly was the best quarterback in today’s scrimmage. Whenever there is a change, it is like anything else - it is probably good for some guys and not as good for some others. We just have to keep working but it’s not about one scrimmage. It is all about putting it together week after week, day after day and practice after practice, being consistent day-in and day-out on both sides of the ball. You are only as good as your last play."


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