"It was better today," Rodriguez said. "That was our last practice until they get back from the break so I'm sure we'll have to get on them when they get back to get back in the mode. We got some work done in five days, got a little bit of evaluation done."
"We have to do our jobs as coaches to explain it to them," he said. "I think they understand the importance of spring practice because they know, especially the guys that have been here, that in August you compete the first couple of weeks, but really you've got to prove yourself in every opportunity especially in the spring because we don't go live very much when August gets here."
"Whether its veteran or rookie, they benefit from a good play up front," Rodriguez said. "That's the key. I think our schemes are so simple that we shouldn't have a whole bunch of confusion up front. What we hope doesn't happen in the spring is to have a lot of mental breakdowns up front and everything looks like a cluster.
"Our quarterbacks' heads are spinning, but we'll pair it down by the end of the spring to see who we think can play out of this group."
"A lot of the guys are still learning our system and learning where to go," he said. "We have a deep group. We have a lot of guys. This time last spring and the spring before, we didn't have enough bodies. Now we have plenty of bodies and I think we have really good competition.
"We are going to have some receivers play some running back. T.J. Johnson is playing running back. Samajie Grant is going to be playing running back. DaVonte' Neal is playing some running back. The depth there allows us that luxury."
"He's a guy that has been through a lot," Rodriguez said. "It's his senior year. I've been on him about staying focused on what he's here for – his degree and playing his best year of football.
"He has great instincts. He's a really good football player. If we can get him totally focused on training his body and eliminating distractions, he can have a great year."