Kentavius Street is listed at defensive end going into the bowl. Is he a guy that can play both depending on what you need?
It just depends on the health of our team to be honest with you. He can do both. We like him at both. I think it's more comfortable for him on the edge maybe because he's been there longer, but he's done a good job in there playing defensive tackle.
A little bit depends on what we're playing against. Some of the spread teams, it's kind of nice having him inside... having that speed in there. With the depth that we have and the injuries your'e dealing with, having a guy that can be a swing guy is very helpful.
Reggie Gallaspy really came on at the end of the year. How have you seen him improved?
He's got more comfortable and confident because of that. He's a very intelligent person, and sometimes guys that are really cerebral think about things and it slows them down. At the end of the year he started just playing and you could really see it.
I told him at the beginning of the year it's a process and you have to be patient because you're going to get your opportunity. When you do you have to sieze the moment, and he did that at times this year. I thought at the end of hte year really ran strong and behind his pads.
With Matt back and the way Reggie and Nyheim finished the year, can you get the running game back to where it was?
Barring injuries we'll have a lot of talent, depth, and game experience back there. It will come down to the offensive line and replacing the three seniors, that will be the biggest thing in the offseason.
I'm excited about some of the guys in these bowl practices... watching Emanuel McGirt, Aaron Wiltz, and Garrett Bradbury, those guys have taken a lot of reps and it's been fun to see them out there. This class coming in is important too, adding depth to the offensive line.
That's really what it's going to be all about when it comes to our running game.
The way Nyheim Hines came on at the end of the year, was it more about playing him at running back or the natural progression of a freshman?
That's his comfort zone because he's played there more, which we knew that going in... it would take him a little while at receiver because he hasn't been out there much. He got better and better as the year went on.
I also think his confidence grew as he made plays at receiver and he made plays at returner. Wherever you put him he played better because he was more confident he could do it.
All those things combined, at the end, having him at tailback helped him.
He kind of jumps off the page for you, in terms of being a playmaker.
When you have the injuries we've had and you have one guy that's really special it really stands out. When you have all those guys healthy at one time it was less noticeable, but right now he's a difference maker for us and obviously you want to get touches to those as much as you can.
Does Dak Prescott remind you of anybody?
He's a good player.
He's thick. He's not overly tall. I think they list him at 6'2, but he's got a really big lower body... he's put together. He looks like Tebow, presence-wise, but he can throw the football a lot better. He's thrown for over 300 yards a game. He's a really good quarterback.
What impresses you the most, when things aren't good and break down he's really calm... makes good decisions. Runs when you should run, throws it away when you should throw it away... he's a good quarterback. He has good weapons around him.
Any young guys who have caught your eye on the scout teams?
Starting with the scout team offense, Aaron Wiltz and Emanuel McGirt on our offensive line have done a nice job all year. Chandler Belk, Brian Sessoms, and Freddie Simmons as our scout team receivers have worked really hard.
I'm excited about Johnny Frasier, I've mentioned that. Obviously for him to be the Scout Team Player of the Year kind of says that.
On the scout team defense, Tyrone Riley is a guy at defensive end that's worked really hard and had a good year down there, and so has Jarius Morehead.
Do you think your receivers can make an improvement going into next year. Can you get more out of them?
We need to. You have three guys that will be seniors and a group of redshirt guys who have been impressive.
Steph Louis, who just walked out of here, played as a freshman and was injured, and he's added 15 pounds. He's looked really good.
Then I hope this recruiting class comes through because we'll have a couple of guys longer than we have if we sign who we think we are going to that will add height to the group, and it will help us.
To answer your question, we need more production.
Are you moving in that direction?
I do. I think that group collectively played better than they did last year. Last year we had one guy stand out and this year as a unit they've been very consistent.
We don't have the big play production across the board, but they've been consistent. They play hard every week, work hard for each other, and have been very coachable.
Coach McDonald has done a good job getting what he can out of the group. He just has to continue to develop those guys and hope that junior to senior year you see those guys take the next step you see seniors do.
Your confidence level in Jalan McClendon...
As a passer, I'm really confident. It's just the game management stuff now... you have to give him the reps.
But as a passer and the way that he is around the guys and how they are around him, he has an electric personality around the players... they are going to play for him.
Jakobi Meyers is an exceptional talent too, he's just been injured. It's going to be a good competition when he gets back. I'm excited about that.
What activities do you have lined up?
There's some community service opportunities... putting together some gifts. I think we're on the Charlotte Speedway one day... I'm sure our players will get a lot of family time as well.