"I think we have the ability to make plays. (Senior) Justin (Jenkins) has practiced well. (Junior) McKinley Scott is coming on and (junior) Ray Ray (Bivines) and (sophomore) T (Milons) I have been impressed with. (Junior) Antonio (Hargro) is coming along. We are showing the ability to do some things."
Scott has been recovering from a knee injury he suffered his freshman season. I've watched him some these first four days of practice. He looks like he has finally regained his quickness. Talk a little more about how he has done this spring.
"I've probably had an advantage because I don't know him from before. I think he has a chance to be really good. He'll help us this year. He is intelligent and a good kid."
I've noticed on the short pass drills you don't just lob the ball but sometimes you throw bullets. Is there a reason for that, such as trying to help them develop better hands?
"What I try to tell these guys is anybody can catch a soft ball and that is not realistic. I want to make it harder that what it is going to be. I want them to have great expectations. I want to demand more from them than what they are really willing to give and they will become better because of it."
Have you watched them on tape prior to spring practice?
Have you noticed anything about any of the players that has really stuck out that you didn't notice on tape?
"I am impressed with the overall speed. We have shown an ability to separate from the ball a little better than I thought we would. All we need to do is gain confidence and become polished."
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