"He's getting reps because we want to keep him honed up, but it's hardest for him because he's a true freshman coming in," Rodriguez said. "We like everything we've seen from him, but he's behind the rest of the guys because he wasn't here for spring practice."
"Nate has good ball skills, he has good speed and he's a confident guy when he's back there catching kicks or punts," Rodriguez said. "I'm not sure if he's the first punt or kick returner, but he'll be out there Friday night."
"We're going to try to play a little more," he said. "We have more experienced cornerbacks and we've stayed healthy so far. More than anything, we have a better understanding of what we need to do defensively. This year, veteran guys know why we do certain coverages or blitzes."
"He's a year older," Rodriguez said. "I think last year he played before he was ready. He understands what we're doing better and he had a really good fall camp. I think his play has been elevated because we have Scooby Wright and Derrick Turituri right there behind him."
"He's just a good football player," he said. "I think he would like to play both ways. Anything you ask him to do, whether its rush the passer, blitz, cover someone; he'd be a fullback if you asked him. He's a true football player. He's learned pretty well. Sometimes we have to sit back and realize he's a true freshman."
"The kicker is either going to be Jake Smith or Casey Skowron," Rodriguez said. "They both looked good in camp. Jake has probably taken a little lead, but Casey is still there. Drew Riggleman has punted pretty solidly and Jake is the backup there."
"I don't know, we might find out something this week with Davonte," Rodriguez said. "He has had a great attitude and will be prepared either way.
"He has done mostly scout team work, but we're still giving him reps to understand our offense too. I think hopefully a decision should come down here pretty soon."
"We had talked to him about it for a couple of weeks and all of a sudden just the other day when we started to break out into groups, he ran with the wide receivers," Rodriguez said.
"I think he can maybe help us there. My talk with him is that he can still learn quarterback and learn our offense while he is helping us with wide receiver. We need some bigger guys over there for this year. We will see how he progresses."
"I probably have determined it, but I haven't discussed it yet with Ka'Deem or the other coaches," Rodriguez said. "We will figure it out before the week is over, but I know what I am going to do."