"No, not really. The biggest thing is I'm happy that we haven't had any serious injuries. We've had some minor (injuries), but nothing major has occurred. We're thankful for that."
How did practice go Thursday?
"I thought we improved (Thursday), particularly with our practice tempo. I hope we don't take a step back (Friday). We have a big day tomorrow (with the first scrimmage). If we can get better (Friday) things will be going pretty much as expected."
Your first scrimmage is Saturday. The first one is usually a big one.
"That's right. And I thought that we started moving in the right direction (Thursday). But we still put the ball on the ground too many times, particularly with our quarterback/center exchange. That is still disappointing, especially with as many times as we have practiced. We have to get that squared away. Our tempo, as far as our speed, I thought got better (Thursday) but it is still not anywhere where it needs to be."
What are some specific things you are going to be looking at during Saturday's scrimmage?
"First thing is I hope we can get the quarterback/center exchange down. Once we get past that, I think we will hit people. I've very excited about seeing that. I'm looking for aggressiveness. We are going to limit what we do, particularly on offense. Hopefully, we will play with more confidence due to us limiting what we put on the players."
When I first interviewed you, you mentioned how important the Mississippi high school coaches are to the success of your program. You've just hosted quite a few high school and junior college coaches at your coaches clinic. Were you pleased with the results of your first coaches clinic?
"Probably the most important relationship is the relationship that we are trying to build with the high school coaches in the state. This coaching clinic, which we think was a success, we had nearly 130 coaches in here. We were very pleased with the response that we received from them. It gave them a chance to get to know us better and allowed us to get to know them better. We were very glad that they came out and spent some time with us."
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