Quotes from Spring Practice No. 11

April 4, 2012

On team handles the repetitiveness of spring practice

“How we handle tomorrow’s practice and next week is really going to tell a lot about the football team and how far we have come as a program. You can’t afford to waste any practices especially since we only get 15 in the spring. It is going to be real important to us to fight through it and good football teams are able to fight through the boredom and doing the same thing over and over again. That is what makes a good football team is doing things over and over. So you have to make sure you don’t get complacent.”

On Ray Holley:

“I think he is fine. Just hyper-extended his knee and pulled his hamstring a little bit. You hate it for kids when they have serious injuries especially a guy that got hurt last year. I don’t think there will be an issue. It is hard. These guys sometimes we all forget how hard they prepare and work and put into it. You hate to see someone get hurt and not be able to contribute.”

On who looked good today:

“Defensively we came out really well and competed hard. We showed some new looks that looked good. It gave the offense a different look that they didn’t handle well. Once the offense got settled in they got better. I thought the defense played extremely well during the team period. I think the quarterbacks are getting on the same page as the receivers. We are getting more polished, better timing and the ball is getting out faster and get more catch-and-run opportunities. That is what makes this offense go. All the small details are starting to happen. I thought our linebackers were active.”

On Zach Griffith:

“He is fine and it is like getting any opportunity. He is excited about it. He is talented and probably not full speed coming off the shoulder injury. He gets better and better with the more reps he gets.”



On D.J. St. Julien:

“The good thing about D.J. is that he is a freshman. It seems like he has been here a long time but he is just a freshman. He is improving daily and learning how to do it consistently. He needs to learn how to do it day in and day out.”

On schedule for tomorrow:

“We are going to have a little later practice tomorrow to give the guys an opportunity to get home to their families. We are going to start about an hour later than normal.”

On biggest difference in the program:

“I think the biggest thing is coming out with the right mind set every day. Understanding we don’t play for a long time but every day is an opportunity to get better. You have to come out and compete consistently. That is the biggest progress we have made in our program. We used to have to coach effort but now we just have to do it from time to time. It gives us an opportunity to focus on technique and get the guys to play faster.”

On building depth:

“It has been good. We have young guys are some pretty key positions. Brice Abraham is starting at the corner spot. He has to come on and improve. We have some young linebackers that we need to play well. All those guys are improving. Andre Wiggins is starting to do more and more good things. You are starting to see his athleticism and that is showing more. Anytime those guys have time to work more and figure out how to practice, it gives them an opportunity to work more and show what they can do.”

On scrimmage tomorrow:

“We are going to practice about 45 minutes and then get rolling and then probably 80 to 120 plays. We will do some more situational work, like goal line and short yardage situations. We will do a little two minute drill to see what we need to improve. In tight football game we learned to grow up and played great two minute offense and defense. We came up with stops when we needed them, got better on third down and hung on to the ball.”


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