Carr Gives Thoughts on First Day of Spring Ball

Coach Carr took time out after the opening practice of the spring to give his impressions on how things looked. The veteran coach still gets excited about the resumption of drills.

On his feelings about the practice:

"It's always great to practice, but it's always great to start spring practice. I love it. My favorite part of spring is the start of training camp. I love training camp, but spring practice is where you get a chance to see where a guy is at. Where he is attitudinally and where he is in his abilities."

"The first two days of spring practice, there are no pads. The only protective gear is the helmet. So there is a major part of the game, the contact part, that isn't available. But I thought that we had very good concentration. I didn't see the ball on the ground much, and I thought the concentration was good. And it takes a while. We’ve got a lot of new guys and there are a lot of guys that are excited about their opportunity. So it takes about 4 to 6 practices before people can feel comfortable and confident in what they are doing. So I think for a first day, it was good."

On whether players mentioned as being out for the spring (Spencer Brinton, Leon Hall, and Kevin Dudley) participated because the drills were non-contact:

Yeah. They will be at practice everyday, they will be at meetings, and they will get some reps in non-contact. And with Dudley, I don't know if it was misinterpreted. He's not necessarily out, but I am going to be very careful with him, give him time to get back to where he needs to be health wise.

On getting all of the runningbacks snaps:

"In the course of the spring there are a lot of snaps out there, and it's a fine line. A guy might be running the football better, but he may not be where he needs to be mentally in terms of his assignments, pass protection, routes and checks and so the competition will reveal itself. And the other thing is, at some point there, in the spring you will have some guys miss some practices because the running back is probably physically the most demanding place on the field from the stand point that you have about 11 guys after you on every running play. So it is an issue. There is no question to it."

On if you can discern much when the backs don’t run with the first team:

"Well, you can on certain plays. But not if a play breaks down and somebody doesn't get blocked. But sometimes those plays give a guy an opportunity to make great plays. A guy comes through that is unblocked, he (the back) makes a guy miss, and gains three yards. There is always something you can learn, but what I try to tell them is that it doesn't matter who you are with. You’ve got a chance to show something. Now, if he gets hit before he gets the ball, then that's a different story!"

On the growth of the redshirt freshmen:

“I think you make the biggest stride, from a football standpoint in your entire career, from the beginning of spring practice through the end of training camp. Now that is the football part of it. That freshman year is always a significant gain in their strength, size, and stamina. So there are a lot of things going on in a freshman year. But it is the actual spring practice, because those kids don't get the attention once the fall season starts because you are in the game planning, and most of them are on the scout team."

On Ryan Mundy playing first team free safety in the opening session and if he’ll get any time at corner:

"He could end up going back (to corner). He may play some corner because Leon Hall will not be involved in the contact part of it. So we’ll reach days where some guys may have to switch positions so there will be enough people to practice against each other."

On Pierre Woods getting time at DE:

“I think one of things that you are always trying to do is give a guy a roll that maximizes his talents. There are always certain game plans where you would like to have people do things where you can come up with a better game plan. Pierre is a good pass rusher, so there will be some things that we'll try to develop.”

On if the older guys like Braylon Edwards were assuming more of a leadership role:

“I think the real test will come toward the end of spring practice when everyone is tired. Then it will reveal its self in the summer. The heat, the running, and it's no fun. And the humidity is up there, and in the weight room, and then of course there is fall training camp. But really you don't measure your leadership until you get into the season. Then you have some guys that maybe aren't what you hoped they would be. But it really comes down to being passionate about what you are trying to accomplish, and leadership means doing things to give your team the best chance to reach those goals. So we will see how that develops in the fall.”

On if he’d heard anything from the scouts about how his players performed on pro-day:

“I got to watch them for a while, and of course they did the timing and but I thought that we had a number of guys that did very well from what I could see. I thought that Chris Perry had a great day. You aren't going to see many backs that can catch a ball like Chris, and I thought that John had a good day. I thought that he threw the ball on the move very well. It's only one workout. The combine is 2 or 3 different workouts but I think their status in the draft will go back to their performance during our season and of course the bowl games that they played. But by and large, the way the performed during our season and in the course of our bowl games.”

On the quarterbacks:

"Well, I think you really find out about a quarterback when you get into a situation where you put pressure on him. Today is a practice designed to work on their timing, to see all of the huddle command, their ability to communicate, and their ability to recognize certain coverages. But the real test of the quarterback is how he handles the pressure and if he can continue to look down the field when things are breaking down around him and having the presence and poise to make the throws."

On if he spoke with Bill Parcells about Drew Henson while down in Texas for the Doak Walker award:

“I'm not talking about conversations I had. But I knew they were interested.”

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