"I'm very impressed with the physical abilities of Brandon Wright and Tee Milons. I like their quickness, agility and their fluidness. They are very natural catching the ball. Both have very good hands and good speed. I am very pleased with them, but, right now, they are learning a lot of new plays. They'll make more mental mistakes than the other guys, but that is what practice is for and that is what we will try and work through."
Tee has really played well during the scrimmages, at least statistic-wise. Is he a little farther along than a normal freshman?
"I think he is a lot like Terrell (Grindle) was when he was a freshman. He played as a freshman.
"Really, they are both coming right along. The first scrimmage, because of the speed of the game, they were a little shook, but in the second scrimmage, they did a lot better. Everyday is a new day for them. They get better each day. The good thing is they aren't making the same mistake twice. The biggest thing they have to learn is they have to go full speed all the time. It's not high school anymore."
I know Tee Milons and Brandon Wright are speed guys, but Brandon is really small (5-9, 149). Does that concern you?
"I think he has to be tougher than most. I am interested in seeing if he will catch the ball or be afraid a little bit. He hasn't shown any indication that he will be afraid."
Talk about your veterans. Your starters are Terrell Grindle and Justin Jenkins.
"They have improved a lot. The first couple of days, Terrell and Ray Ray (Bivines) had hamstring pulls, so they weren't out here. In a way, you would like for them to be out here, because they need the work too, but in a way it helped because it gave guys like Brandon Wright, Tee Milons and McKinley Scott more reps than they would normally get. It helped create some depth."
Talk a little about McKinley Scott. He is coming off a knee injury.
"His knee is still bothering him. He is a great kid who works really hard. He has great hands and catches the ball really well."
I've been impressed with Antonio Hargro in practice. Where have you seen improvements in his play?
"Leading up to the first scrimmage, his work ethic has been better than it ever has been. He has caught the ball better than he ever has. His route running has been better. He is using his speed better. He is not having to think as much as he has in the past. When you think, you stand straight up and DBs squat on you. The first scrimmage he didn't do much, but the second scrimmage, he made some plays and he hustled. That was the biggest thing, hustling every play."
How about Darius Tubbs? How has he done?
"Darius has played well and made a lot of plays. He made two plays in the second scrimmage. He has had a really good two-a-days."
Talk a little about Will Prosser.
"Will has been here for a while. It is hard to remember that he is just a freshman. He works hard. He caught the ball a little inconsistently. It's not that he doesn't have good hands. It is more because he is playing a new position (He played QB in high school.-Gene)."
How do you compare this group to groups that you have had in the past talent-wise?
"I think this group is, potentially, better just because of the experience."
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