Paul Johnson Friday practice comments

Navy head coach Paul Johnson talked about the team's progress after practice on Friday. Navy is continuing their preparations for the East Carolina opener on September 2.

Q. Has the tempo ramped up to the point you want it going into Saturday's scrimmage?

A. We'll see, it's the first scrimmage and we're going to play a ton of people. I don't have any preconceived notions about what's going to happen. It could be anything. I just want to see guys compete. Who knows maybe we will find a young guy or two that we will start to get ready for East Carolina.

Q. You are set at the one inside linebacker position with Caldwell and at the other spot you have Joe Cylc and Sovie. Has anything shaken out there?

A. I haven't seen anything to shake it out. I haven't talked to Coach O'Rourke about it, because we still have a couple of scrimmages and a bunch of practices left. They are both going to play so it doesn't matter who starts. We always play three or four guys at linebacker so it's not going to be a big deal.

Q. What kind of controls do you go through with the scrimmage in terms of number of plays?

A. We just play until I get tired.

Q. Until you get tired? A. We will try and get 40, 45, 50 plays for the first couple of groups and I'm going to try and make sure everybody plays and we have 150 guys so we have to get some extra plays in to make sure everybody gets a chance. We'll just see how it goes.

Q. What kind of program are you looking at for Matt Hall as far as getting him back? Would you like him back for the second scrimmage?

A. Whenever he gets back. He will come back when he gets better. Hopefully he will be back next week. It's disappointing for him, he wants to get out here and compete. If you're not out here it's tough to compete. He will get out here as soon as he can. It's a long year.

Q. Can you talk a little bit about the receivers, especially the young guys trying to move up the depth chart?

A. JT (Tomlinson) has played a lot, Kyle Kimbro has played some, Tyree Barnes has played, OJ Washington has played and really after that there's going to be some competition for the next couple of spots. It's wide open, we'll see. Curtis Sharp has done some things this camp; he's a big guy. We usually travel with six so there's a chance for a young guy to be in the mix, they will have to earn their spot.

Q. How are you going to divvy up the snaps for the quarterbacks tomorrow?

A. Brian will play with the ones for a series or two and then we may roll somebody else in with the ones, I really haven't thought about it. The way we scrimmages the #1s play against the #1s and the #2s play against the #2s and when you get much past the #2s it's not real fair. Brian's the starter. Somebody has to beat him out.

Q. By this time tomorrow when the scrimmage is done and you're breaking the film down will you as a staff learn that much more than what you already have a pulse on?

A. Maybe. I have a pretty good idea who's going to play right now, but we'll see. We have had a hard time separating those quarterbacks since the spring so I don't imagine there's going to be a revelation tomorrow, we're just going to have to sit down and decide.

Q. Is that a good thing?

A. It could be I guess. You would like to have a difference between them. That would mean that some would be way better than the others. I think they all bring something to the table. We just have to decide what gives us the best chance to win.

Navy football fans, coming on Monday we'll have the first of a 2-part interview with Navy quarterack Brian Hampton.


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