Kendrick Jones Meets with the Press

Kendrick Jones met with the media on Monday in the Fighting Illini's weekly teleconference. Among the topics he discussed were his thoughts on how the quarterback shuffle affects the receivers on the field, playing Michigan, and what the Illini offense will look like without EB Halsey.

Much like my other of Coach Turner's comments to the press, I will not give direct quotes from Kendrick Jones, just the gist of what he told the media.

ON PLAYING MICHIGAN
  • It is always a challenge when you play Michigan. It is kind of like you are playing more than just the team on the field or at least it seems like it at times. But as a player, the thing you have to realize is that they are just another team you are playing, and not anything more than that.
  • As a receiver he always wants to get the football, but he sees it as a big challenge to go up against the talented Wolverine corner backs. He hopes the Illini coaches and quarterbacks will have enough faith in him to test the talented corners when he is lined up against them.
ON HOW THE QUARTERBACK SHUFFLE AFFECTS THE OFFENSE ON THE FIELD
  • The changing of the quarterbacks is never a problem for him on the field.
  • He does not hang his head and think 'Gosh, I need to just have one quarterback' to throw me the ball. I think whichever quarterback is behind center will get me the ball, and will let me get my hands on the ball.
  • It is different for the offensive linemen, though. They need to adjust to the different cadences of the different quarterbacks, so that makes it tough on them when the quarterbacks change during the game. On the perimeter, Kendrick is just looking at the ball to determine when it is snapped, so the cadence does not matter to him. The offensive linemen have the most difficulty on the field in adjusting to new quarterbacks.
ON THE DEEP BALL
  • If someone has me in one on one coverage, I think the quarterbacks need to have faith in the receiver to make the play.
ON THE OFFENSE WITHOUT EB HALSEY
  • I don't know how much if affects the offense because of the collection of good running backs we have back there.
  • We have Marcus Mason backing up Pierre Thomas now that EB is out. Mason is a pretty good running back, and now our one-two punch is Pierre & Marcus instead of EB & Pierre.
  • I don't think we will lose a beat. I am not taking anything away from EB, but I think we have some pretty good running backs behind him.

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