"Well, first day in pads (shells) and we eased into some little contact drills. We didn't scrimmage. We did everything but tackle. We did all the hitting. We wouldn't let them tackle a ballcarrier. Let 'em hit 'em. Can't use your hands, can't tackle. Didn't do bad on that. Everybody got a little work. Young guys got work. (Broderick) Bunkley kind of jumped out at me a couple times today at tackle. I saw him over power some people a couple of times. I like that. The backs ran good. The defense hustled good. It wasn't a bad day for the first day. This afternoon we'll come back in shells and tomorrow do the same thing we are doing this morning."
When will you put them on the ground for the first time?
"Scrimmage. Could be some in the morning, where we did thud today and could be give them 10 minutes of scrimmaging. Or probable get at least goal line live. Some of them make it look like they are scrimmaging the way they are doing it. We don't want them on the ground and they do get on the ground sometimes. We will just gradually pick up the pace each day as far as contact is concerned."
Have you noticed anything different about Chris Rix thus far?
"Just I think plays with more confidence every day. And I see the same thing in A.D. (Adrian McPherson) and of course (Fabian Walker). I think the big thing is seeing more and more what he's suppose to do. But I saw entirely too many opportunities today, though, where the quarterback had the guy open but wanted to go for something bigger. You can't do that. When you see the guy open, give him the ball right then. I saw too much of that today and I will talk about that in our staff meeting today. They want the big stuffl. You have to take what's there - I saw too much missing on that. We will get that on the film and they will see it and see if we can't improve on that. I thought that was the area we looked kind of rusty in today. That's part maturity. (Chris) Weinke wouldn't do it. Weinke would tak what's there now. Probably wouldn't when he was a sophomore. You grow into that."
How close is the competition at No. 2 between Adrian McPherson and Fabian Walker?
"Right now it's definitely one-two-three. I think it's definitely one-two-three. The thing about it every one of them, they can get better. If somebody just got especially better than the others, moves could occur. But right now, from what I see, I still see one, two and three."