"I saw a lot of positive things. I had some players that played really well. (Junior) Will Rogers came on and had a good day. He showed that we will be able to count on him. (True freshman) Donovan Davis did a lot of good things. He showed a lot of improvement. He showed that he is definitely going to work his way into the depth chart this year. He is going to be a good football player. (Sophomore) Avery House did some good things.
"We are going to be playing a lot of young guys. That is what is exciting about it. It's a little scary, but it's also a little exciting. The thing we need to do is get out and play; get out and work everyday."
Were you a little disappointed in the running game during the scrimmage?
"I was very disappointed."
What do you think caused it?
"Missed assignments and technique. I think that was practice nine. A normal two-a-day, that is four and a half days into practice. Did we want to do better? Yes. But after eight days of practice, you aren't going to be all the way there."
You mentioned offensive tackle Donovan Davis earlier. I've watched all of the practices and it seemed like he started out kind of slow, but has really come on this week. At first, he was getting beat during the inside drills, but he seems to be winning almost all of the battles this week. What is the reason for that?
"He has learned the technique and he is a student of the game. He is a real pleasure to coach."
You have another true freshman, offensive guard David Price, who was getting beat a lot in the inside drills last week. But this week he has really come on just like Davis has. What is your opinion of his play?
"He has really come on. He has worked his way into a position where we are trying to get him ready to play this year."
So, David is another offensive lineman that you are considering not redshirting this year?
"Yes, I would say so."
You still have a couple of positions where you have two guys competing for the same starting job, Chris McNeil and Blake Jones at center and Richard Burch and James Redmond at left tackle. Have you made a final decision on who will be the starter?
"No. They are all working hard. We would like to be able to play two lines. We will have a first-team and a second-team, but we would like to get to the point where it doesn't matter who is in there. We want to feel confident that we can get the job done with whomever is in there. When somebody goes down (with an injury), you want somebody to be able to plug right in. Right now, we have to get one group that can move the ball, but they are coming along at about the same time. When one group gets there, the other group won't be that far behind."
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