Thursday Q&A with Thomas Brown

Read on to see what co-offensive coordinator Thomas Brown was saying following Thursday's practice.

Thomas Brown, Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs Coach
On if the quarterbacks will be live in scrimmages…
“I don’t know, we are going to experiment with that a little bit and see what happens. There has been some conversation about it, and obviously, at some point you want to see those guys go live to see if they can take some hits. And we have a couple plays built in where the quarterback has some option on some run plays to pull it. So we will find out between now and Saturday.” 

 

On junior running back Mark Walton…
“Well, I mean right now his reps have been normal. I haven’t cut back at all with him. Obviously, you want to be conscious of a very talented guy like that. But honestly, he is a competitor and really if I tried to hold him back, he probably wouldn’t let me anyway. And I love that about him. But I think he can carry a work load and be an every down type tailback like he was last year for us. We had kind of a three tailback system, we rotated three guys. And it may be less than that this year. We will kind of just see how the rest of the guys do behind him from a competition standpoint. And how big the separation is between Mark and everybody else.”

 

On the growth of Travis Homer from the start of the spring until now…
“I think it has been great. I think competition is always great to have in a room. To force guys to continue to compete and to continue to get better. I think Travis has always been a very mature guy from day one, I think, compared to most guys coming out of high school. He has done a really good job just trying to continue to push himself every single day and battle with Mark.”

 

On the offensive line…

“They look pretty good. We are thin at some parts. It is always a process trying to get those guys to gel together. And I think when you start spring ball, even fall camp, the defense always moves faster than we do on offense, having to make some adjustments, and kind of thinking so much and reacting. But I think those guys really gel together well. And obviously [offensive line] coach [Stacy] Searels is one of the best in the business and there is no slacking when it comes to him."


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