AU Scrimmage 2 News, Notes And Quotes, Part 1

Onterio McCalebb, Jermaine Whitehead, Jay Prosch and Ryan Smith give their take on the scrimmage.

Senior running back Onterio McCalebb on the play of the offense:

"I think it went pretty well for the offense. We had a couple of explosive plays, but we had a lot of penalties on formations and jumping offsides. The good thing is we don't play tomorrow, we play in three weeks. We've got time to improve on the offensive side of the ball, defensive side of the ball, and special teams. We're just going to take it a day at a time and get better every day."

McCalebb on being forced to carry the load along with Tre Mason with the running backs banged up:

"It's kind of tough, but me being a senior and a leader of the group I just have to go out there and play hard and execute everything that Coach Loeffler and the offensive coaches tell me to do."

Safety Jermaine Whitehead on the defensive perspective of the scrimmage:

"We did okay. We've got a lot to clean up and go back to the drawing board. We're getting our communication down. We're ready to play smash-mouth football. They came out and hit us with a lot of downhill runs and a lot of power plays that are going to happen in the season. We've just got to be ready."

Whitehead on where he's made his most improvement since camp started:

"I think I have made the most improvement on being able to come down and hit a little bit. I had to grow that part of me being that I was a corner that protected the edge. Now I have to fill alleys and make plays in open space and run through holes and make tackles, and blitz a whole lot."

Fullback Jay Prosch on the scrimmage overall:

"It was a good second scrimmage, but we still have a lot we got to work on. I think we fixed some things in the first scrimmage that were our goals to fix, but we still have a lot to work on and we still have a lot of practicing to do. But I still feel good about where we are and where we're going."

Prosch on who stood out to him for the day:

"I'd say Kiehl (Frazier), he's stepping up his game. I've watched him grow and get better. I think he's continually improving. And some of the receivers, Lutz (Philip Lutzenkirchen) made a great catch today, and he's doing awesome. Our receivers, Emory Blake and Quan (Quan Bray), all those guys. I think pretty much there are standout guys everywhere. We've just got to put everything together. Defensively, Daren Bates, Corey Lemonier, Nosa Eguae, all those guys – they're all playmakers. So we've just got to get it all going."

Safety Ryan Smith on working with Jermaine Whitehead on the first team defense:

"I've been working with the first team. Since camp started"

On what makes Whitehead a good player:

"He's smart. He came in from spring, and he's just mastered the game. It was easy for him to catch on, and he's worked hard."

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