Coach Coley: 2016 offense can be elite

Read on to see what offensive coordinator James Coley is saying.

On time of possession being low:
You have to convert on third down and be good on early downs. In the redzone you have to walk away with touchdowns. You have to score points because they can score points too.

On the scout team MVP on offense:
Evan Shirreffs has won a bunch. Linemen wise, Bar Milo.

On the freshman O-linemen:
It was better for those kids to redshirt. Had they played they would have just been here and there guys. They need to get a little bigger. They give great effort and should end up being bigger.

On guys burning redshirts late:
No. To play you have to compete in practice. If they’re showing it, they will be in the mix. Trayone ran it well last week. He’s now in the mix. I love how Cager went in the game. He was still hurting but was cleared to play. He had an ankle and worked hard to be cleared. When he got in the game he made a really nice catch in the redzone there.

On this being an elite offense in 2016:
They certainly have the potential. Who you bring in this class is very important too. You can always sign a guy as a receiver, like Stacy, who can make a difference right away. Mark at running back. When Gus went down, Mark became very important. Stacy has another year. Njoku, Brad Kaaya, you imagine where they’ll be a year from now. Malik came in for one game and played really well. You see guys like Nick Linder and K.C. McDermott and Trevor Darling as sophomores and you imagine where they’ll be as juniors.

On what he likes about Evan Shirreffs:
Same thing he did in the summer and in the scrimmages. He goes in, moves the offense, and scores touchdowns. He’s very accurate, he’s a good leader, and he’s very intelligent. He’s a demanding leader.

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