We've had a good showing in practice so far. Right now we've got our share of bumps and bruises, but we're excited to be out there.
On the freshman class:
We've got several kids who we think will contribute to this team. It's a case by case basis but if a kid can help the team and he's ready to do it, then he'll have a shot. I think you'll see double-digit freshmen on the field over the course of the season.
One position where the young guys are moving up the depth chart is at receiver. Corey Thompson has been very good. He doesn't act, or carry himself like a freshman. So far it seems like when you look up he's making a big play in camp. Jomar Wright is one of those kids that has good things happen when he touches the ball. Also Chancellor Young is dealing with some minor injuries right now, but he's another one who's going to contribute.
On the quarterbacking situation:
Right now all of them have looked good in camp, but Mike Schneider is our starter. He threw the ball really well in the scrimmage Sunday – making good reads and delivering the ball on time. Also we've got some other guys who are very good players and I think they deserve to play as well.
On Jon Terry's injury:
It's unfortunate for him, but he's got a great attitude for someone who just had knee surgery. Now he's got to take some time and get involved with going to college and all that means. He's done for the year and we'll red shirt him, but we expect good things from him in the future.
On Curt Dukes' role:
We're going to be moving him around this year. He's a guy that has good things happen when he touches the ball. He's our third string quarterback, but he'll also line up as a receiver, a running back, wherever we can use him.
On the offensive line:
It's more athletic than we thought, but they are also a very inexperienced group as well. They are coming along, but they also have a ways to go.
On the Tight End slot:
It's probably the deepest position on the team, and the most talented. Andy Roland, Ben Patrick, and Calen Powell have all had good camps. Ben's another one of those guys who makes things happen, and Andy has been terrific in camp.
On Cedric Dargan:
He's improved a lot this year especially in pass protection and catching the ball out of the backfield. He's turned a lot of what should be four yard gains into eight yard gains this week.
On the defensive line:
That's probably the most improved spot on the team from last seasons. Those guys really worked hard in the off-season. One area that is visibly better is playing the run at the point of attack.
On Phillip Alexander getting more attention from opponents:
He'd better be ready for whatever teams throw at him. He's a guy who made a lot of plays for us last year, and he'll probably draw more attention this year because of it. This off season he's improved on the point of tackling and has added around 20 pounds of good weight.
On the importance of starting strong:
Winning early is critical for us. Confidence give you that extra spring in your step, which leads to enthusiasm on the field. Some guys have real entusiasm and others have fake. Fake is when you buy into a philosophy only when things are going well. We need guys who buy into things all the time.
On filling the voids:
We lost a lot last year with the seniors. There is a tremendous amount of production and leadership that needs to be filled. It won't be just the seniors, but also the underclassmen who will have to step up for us.