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ON KYLE PARKER BEING BACK: Looked like K.P. Made some classic K.P. throws. He looked good. The thing that is impressive about him is how he can recall things mentally. He doesn't make many mistakes. Picked up right where he left off last spring. ... He just seems refreshed and happy to be playing football. It's been great having him back around.
|"You have to earn your playing time. You earn your paw. You earn your right to play for a championship. Nobody is going to give you anything. There's no shortcuts. There's no microwave throw the bag in there and pop the popcorn. "|
HOW FAST DOES THE PRESEASON GO? A year goes by in a hurry. Now you are talking about three or four weeks to really get a football team ready - it may sound like a long time but it goes in a hurry. We've got an awful lot to cover but we have a great plan. It's a process. You take it one day at a time and make sure you stay on task and get your job done that day.
ON DEPENDING ON LEADERS: We want to commit to championship caliber in everything we do. You practice with a purpose. You give great effort with technique. That's what we've talked about and learning to practice the right way. Our older group gets that. That's got to trickle down. My point to them is we got to demand it. It's self-imposed. The players have to demand it amongst themselves cause we've got to earn it. You have to earn your playing time. You earn your paw. You earn your right to play for a championship. Nobody is going to give you anything. There's no shortcuts. There's no microwave throw the bag in there and pop the popcorn. It's nothing but hard work day in and day out and then you'll have your chance but it has to be imposed by the team as well.