"The team played well. You come out here in front of people and you want to do your best. I think we played good as a group."
What was it like to play in front of 11,000 fans?
"It was a lot of fun. I wish I was calmed down a little more in the beginning. I had a lot of fun just trying to make my reads and make good plays."
How do you think you did today?
"I played pretty good. It's a different atmosphere out here than in practice. In practice you feel calm. It's just you. Out here it's different. You make a mistake or weird things happen like the ball hit off someone's helmet. That's never happened to me before. I guess there's a first for everything. I guess you just play off it. The one thing you do it try to be positive and try and make the next play happen."
After watching two scrimmages you seem pretty confident and poised out there. Are you big time?
"Nah nah nah. I've got a long way to go. I've got a lot of work to do this summer. I feel good about it so far but there's a lot more work to do."
How's the competition going between you three?
"It's good and it's good that we're all friends so it helps a lot. We're all just trying to work together right now and figure it all out. We all have a lot of capabilities on the field. It's just about feeling good out there and I think spring helped us out with that."
Do you feel like you have an edge over the others because you red-shirted last year and they're incoming freshmen?
"It's just you've got to go out there and feel comfortable. A lot of people don't understand that. It's not talent when you first get out there. It's just feeling comfortable, seeing what you're seeing and being able to make the plays. I think we're all working hard and we're all looking good."
You guys didn't have much success throwing downfield in the passing game. Does that worry you at all?
"No not really. We just take what the defense gives us. Today, they gave us a lot of flat routes so we took them."
What you think about how the defense did today?
"They played good. They ran a little bit different than what they've been doing in practice so they threw us off a little bit. We thought it was going to be a base day today. It was a good time out here. I thought they swarmed really well."
What do you think about your running backs?
"That's where our playmakers lie. You've got guys like Baby J, Coop, Shawnbrey, and Lee. You give those guys the balls. They get in the open field and they're so big and strong that they make plays happen all the time."
How much easier is it when you have great running backs like that?
"They help everything. They allow you to do play action and do little things. Like today, I threw to Baby J in the flat or to Baby J across the middle. A linebacker isn't going to make a play on him."
You guys did check down a lot today. Is that something you've been working on in practice?
"That's just kind of what the defense gave us. We're just trying to feel comfortable in the offense and not try to force too many things. We stuck with what we knew and that's what we did."
Last year they went to Cooper and James a lot. Is it easy to look for those two?
"Yeah, especially on third and short. You've got those drags and outs. Those guys look at you and they tell you they've got you every time."
How about the wide receivers?
"The talent is definitely there. Those guys are amazing. Don't let one, two or three scrimmages confuse you. If you watched our practices, you'll see those guys have skills. Those guys are good. Today was just one of those days. You have one or two drops and it just keeps going down. The same thing with the throws. You saw one or two throws you were amazed by and one or two throws you weren't. It's just one of those days, you can't see everything off of one scrimmages. Those guys are really good."
Your linebackers looked great out there. How did you think the young guys did today?
"Yea, those boys will run with you and hit you at the same time. You've got to watch out for them."
"I think those guys are incredible guys. It's funny. We had a meeting the other day and Coach said ‘anyone under 18 doesn't have to take this test'. Those two guys got up and I thought ‘what do we got here with these two seventeen year-olds out here just destroying guys.' When Arthur gets back healthy, I think you'll see a whole new him that's even better and you've already seen what Spence can do."
How different was this scrimmage from the one at Traz Powell?
"It was a little different. We had more in the playbook and they had more on defense. Field-wise and all that stuff was the same. We just had a lot more in and they had a lot more defenses."
What were your thoughts on today compared to the Traz Powell Scrimmage?
"I thought both of them were good. There were a couple of plays that were awkward plays but I thought there were a lot of good base plays that we ran too. We're just going out there, being positive, and trying to make plays."
What's it like to lead a team being such a young guy?
"A quarterback's got to be put in the right situation. You go out there and everyone listens. You talk and everyone responds to you. We just keep our heads up, stay positive, and let everyone know what we're doing."
How have the upperclassmen been with you?
"The upperclassmen have been great. A lot better than I thought. You come in here thinking you're a freshman talking to a senior offensive lineman you know but those guys react good. They talk to me and I talk to them in the huddle. You can tell when you look at another guy in the eyes that everything's going to be alright."
Do you feel more comfortable with what everyone can do as you play more?
"Yeah a little bit. You've got to understand how much the offense changes week to week in the spring especially with everyone being young. I felt comfortable. There's a long way to go. We have a long summer of hard work. I have to do a lot and I think all of us have to do a lot to feel more comfortable."
How much easier would it be if they named a starter earlier as opposed to a week or so before the first game?
"Not easy at all. We don't really think about that or talk about it. We're just trying to win games. Our position is quarterback so it's going to be a little crazier. We just want to win games. If that means we all play in games then we all will play."
Do you feel anxious about that at all?
"No, not at all. I feel anxious about working tomorrow, watching the film, and trying to see what I need to get better at."
With as much as you guys love football, is this break going to be good for you guys?
"Yea it's going to be good. It's going to be a lot of working out and trying to put on some more weight. It's also a good time to get more learning in. you learn a lot on the field but you learn a lot more off of it. I'm looking forward to it."
How has the red-shirt year helped you?
"It's helped me more in the way of living the college life and living away from home and dealing with the older guys. You come from a program that's much different than the community here. It helped me a lot to spend that one year just getting used to living here."