It was a great practice – a beautiful day. Eight practices in and no significant injuries. Probably seventy to eighty play scrimmage and it involved special teams, offense and defense. It was a good go. Tyson Jackson had a big day. Early Doucet had a big day. Both quarterbacks looked good. I think the defense is ahead of the offense at this point. It's very competitive and that's the makings of a good spring work. Three practices in, ways to go, certainly not the team we want to be at the end of the spring but heading in the right direction. We started ones versus twos and then ones versus ones for the rest of the day.
ON HOW MANY ONE ON ONE SNAPS
Probably fifteen, twenty snaps.
A lot of guys are trying to earn that starting job. A lot of guys are trying to step forward and be starters. Young offensive line got a little taste of a veteran defensive line today. It was good for them. We had some young linemen mistakes today – that's normal. We'll get that fixed.
ON THE RECEIVERS:
Brandon LaFell had a couple of catches for some good yardage and I think Trindon Holliday had a couple of catches that were pretty significant. Both quarterbacks played pretty well.
ON LAFELL AND DOUCET AS STARTERS:
It appears to me that those two guys are a little ahead of the others.
Doucet's iffy touchdown in scrimmage: I think it was an official's ruling there. It was a long grab and a nice run. I think the vice chancellor of officials called it back. That was me.
ON SITUATIONAL PLAYS:
We were first and ten most of the day and with some third downs [both short and long]. We got on the goal line for four snaps.
We set up all kinds of stuff. It was fun.
ON THE OLINE AND QBs:
Young offensive line has some things to learn and the quarterbacks have some to learn.
This was a good day. It wasn't an accomplished day but there was a lot done. We enjoyed it. I think the guys know to expect more from taking the field to how we're going to practice – how long we're going to go – and how we're going to run at the end of practice. I think they understand what to expect more. I think there's a comfort in that with assistant coaches.
ON LEADERSHIP ROLES:
ON IF SOME GUYS (LIKE DWAYNE BOWE) COME BACK AND TALK TO GUYS ABOUT BEING LEADERS:
I think the guys that come back and how they expect us to play. I think there's a responsibility with each position. I think the veteran guys who play in the NFL they come back and hold that tradition and make the younger players accountable.
ON HOW THE RUNNINGS BACKS RAN THE BALL TODAY:
North and south mostly. Some laterally. Mostly to the right, some to the left. We ran the ball pretty well, but it was hit and miss. The defense was pretty strong today. I have to give them the edge. Defense is pretty good right now. There isn't any question. It wasn't the kind of scrimmage where we were taking long drives and trying to score. There was pressure on the offense to get first downs sometimes. It's really tough to tell. There wasn't going to be very many long drives against the first defense.
(Running back Nos.) 5, 26, 22 all got a number of carries. We let Jacob Hester rest. He's got a little bump but nothing serious but Hester didn't take the ball. 32 carried the ball a couple of times too. I probably missed that.
ON THE SAFETIES:
Safeties looked good. I think Steltz is determined as much as much as Curtis Taylor is as much as he's been around the playing field. I think he's looking forward to stepping in and playing. We're going to be fine at safety.
ON RICHARD MURPHY:
I think he really understands what we're doing as much as most. I think he's really looking forward to competing to play.
I think Jared Mitchell, Chris Mitchell and Richard Dickson are all young guys waiting to emerge and competing. One thing about it if they're satisfied with standing back there then they'll be back there another year. But three of those guys in my opinion have the ability enough to compete and in my mind and at times look like guys we can count on.
ON JARED MITCHELL:
I don't remember exactly what he's done recently but I heard he was 4 for 4 with three stolen bases not too long ago. That's not a bad day huh? Did they throw him a football after he was finished?
It's a little tight. It's not as easy [as with Chris Jackson]. We bang on him a little bit. One thing about receivers when they show up at this practice they run. When he runs during practice I'm sure it's a little…creates a problem for him when he comes over there and swings bats.
ON RICKY JEAN-FRANCOIS:
Nothing new on his status and worked with all three teams – second, third and first.
ON TERRANCE TOLLIVER'S ACADEMIC SITUATION:
I don't want to give specifics but things have improved – with his GPA and his physical.
ON GUYS COMING IN IN THE FALL AND COMPETING FOR POSITIONS:
It really kind of depends on what kind of skill and what kind of athletes they are. If they bring exceptional ability, you're going to give them those opportunities they need to learn – Chad Jones being one of them. He was out there today wearing his Southern Lab baseball uniform. He was 1 for 1 walking three times with a homerun. Every time I talk to him he's hit a homerun.
Snyder's got an ankle and he went some on Thursday and we held him today. We hope to get him back soon.
ON THE TIGHT ENDS:
Zinger played the whole time. Mit Cole was a little slow because he's coming back from a bruise on his toe. We're sticking them all in there going.
ON PUNTING AND FIELD GOALS:
Yeah we did both – punting and field goals. Patty Fisher hit a couple of nice punts and looks like he wants to compete to play. He had a couple of quality punts today. It appears to be he's really improved. He's not competing with Chris Jackson. Chris hit that ball so high all the time but I think it's safe to say he's improved with hang time, distance and consistency – all three.
ON COLT DAVID:
He's having a quality extra point, field goal spring. He's hitting with real consistency.
ON THE QUARTERBACKS:
Pretty equal. Matt had a couple of nice throws – executed some things well. I'm trying remember Ryan Perrilloux doing the same thing.
ON A VISIT FROM JAMARCUS RUSSELL:
I haven't seen him yet but I can't wait until the big guy shows up here.
I think he's having a heck of a spring. I think he's going to be a tremendous participant for us all fall. He's a leader and a quality person. He's in our unity council. I have a regular Wednesday meeting with the leadership of our football team. He contributes very regularly. On the field, he's tough to block and anything we ask him to do.