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Spring games are what they are, a glorified practice with fans in attendance. But as spring games go, the 2008 Grove Bowl served its purpose to the players and coordinators - another workout on the long journey to 'getting better.' Read some of their thoughts inside.

The following are quotes from the two coordinators and a few select players after yesterday's Grove Bowl in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium before a record Red-Blue crowd of 28,000-plus.

TB Cordera Eason: (On his spring) I've been waiting. I just couldn't wait to get out there. I still have a lot of stuff to work on. I'm nowhere near where I need to be. This summer I'm just going to work, work, work just to get to the top of my game. (On his touchdown runs)I had waited too long to get caught. Once I got in the open field, I just had to show off. I feel like I did a pretty good job. I still have a lot of stuff to improve on.(On improving) That's my main thing, the fumbling. They're entrusting me with the ball and I have to show them that I'm accountable. I came in and improved my blocking, but I have to work on my ball-control. Once I get that down, I feel like I can be pretty good.(On the crowd) It felt good. It was a game-like atmosphere. We broke a record with all these people out here and I was just zoned out. I took it like a game. I didn't take a play off. I didn't want to let my teammates down. Once I got in the open field, I could hear the crowd."

Defensvie Coordinator Tyrone Nix: (On the most improved player) I think it might be the wide receiver turned cornerback, Marshay Green. He has really provided a spark over there and is picking up on everything very quickly. Really good athlete, and he has a knack for the football. (On the corners) I thought Mouzon has had a really good spring, even though he gave up a deep ball today, and I wasn't very proud of that. We don't have a lot of depth, but the guys are working hard and beginning to come around. Lot of work to be done, but it isn't all bad by any means. (On Greg Hardy) He has to show some consistency to run with the first-teamers. I can definitely see that he has it, but he has to put it together. Hopefully, that will happen.

LB Allen Walker: (On what has occurred for him to get a chance) We are all in the same boat with the new coaching staff. I think the past year had a lot to do with limited opportunities. The system isn't terribly difficult to learn, and it has been a lot of fun. (On the linebackers) We have all accepted the challenge to prove we aren't the weak link. The media said that a lot. We can and will get better. Always ready for a challenge.

Offensive Coordinator Kent Austin: (On his views of the scrimmage) I saw some good things. We've got a lot of work to do, you know, but I thought Jevan (Snead) was pretty accurate - 20 of 26. We had some big plays. I'm pleased with the progress we made in spring. We've got a great foundation to build on going into the summer. (On Cordera Eason) Cordera got consistently better every practice. He had one of his better days today. He showed great vision and made excellent decisions on getting North. I was proud of the way he played. He's a big, strong back. He's fumbled some this spring, but that's a fundamental issue that we can correct and I am not worried about. He'll get that corrected. He was one of our more improved players from start to the end of spring. (On some of the backups) I think we are pretty deep at receiver. Some of those kids are a work in progress with their reads and playing every snap and such, but we've got some depth there. I also think Billy Tapp can be a very capable backup who makes good decisions and can make the throws he needs to make. I also think Coach (Mike) Markuson is getting closer to developing some quality depth on the offensive line. Overall, we're headed in the right direction, but like I said earlier, we certainly have more work to do. I just like what we accomplished in spring.

WR Shay Hodge: (On his spring) I think I improved in a lot of areas this spring - route running, different techniques to get off the line of scrimmage, reading coverages and confidence. It was important that I had experience from last year coming into this spring. I know a lot more things than I did two years ago. (On the WRs) As a group, I don't see where anyone in the SEC will be better than us. We've got experience, speed, size, depth - we should be very good. It tells you something about our unit when the coaches feel comfortable enough to move one of our best (Marshay Green) to corner. We must be doing something right. Markeith Summers and Lionel Breaux moving their games up has been big for us this spring. Jacarious Lucas too. (On his offseason goals) I just need to work on my speed. I think everything else is fine.

SS Jamarca Sanford: (On the secondary in the spring) We take coaching well, so the transition to the new coaches was not hard. I like the style they are coaching - we are asked to be more aggressive. We can jump more routes and don't have to sit back as much. We are in better position to attack the ball and we are encouraged to go for it when we are in the right position. It's fun. (On the move of Green and Jeremy McGee to CB) I love it. They are two great athletes who love to compete. That should help our secondary a lot. I like their fire and what they bring to the table. (On winning the Chucky Mullins Courage Award) It means the world to me. I've always rubbed his head going onto the field, but until I won the award, I don't know if I understood the true meaning. Now I do. It's a great award. I am humbled and will represent it to the best of my ability.

WR Dexter McCluster: (On the many hats he's wearing on offense) It makes me feel good the coaches are trusting me to do all these things and they have faith in me to make plays. My teammates have been great in helping me develop everything this spring. They have been real patient as I have been put in new situations. It's different - all I'm asked to do - but I am fired up about it. It's different, but I love the challenge. (On the attitude of the team) We are having fun and enjoying ourselves with this staff. That's how it's supposed to be. (On Eli Manning and Patrick Willis talking to the team) If you weren't motivated before they spoke to us, you sure were afterwards. For them to come back and talk to us, I appreciate hat so much and everyone on the team feels that way. The guidelines they gave us are proven - we just have to follow them. (On Wild Rebel sets) I didn't know much about it when they ran it at Arkansas, but when they talked about doing it here with me, man, I was pumped. I love the set. I can run, hand off, reverse, pass - it's a great set that will confuse the defenses and will open up some big plays. (On his offseason goals) I have to put some extra weight on because my role is being expanded and I will get hit a lot next year. I will try to put on some quality weight so I can keep my speed. About 10 pounds would help keep me healthy. (On Jevan Snead) We have a great connection with him and we are building confidence every day with him and Billy. We think we have something special brewing. We aren't there yet, but we've had a good start this spring.

QB Jevan Snead: (On his day) It wsa great from the standpoint of getting out there in front of a crowd leading a college team. I've been waiting a long time for today and had some emotions about it. It was a big deal for me. (On meeting with Eli Manning) He just wished me good luck and told me to have fun. He said he'd be calling me before the season and he was there for me to talk if I needed it. (On his game) I can do better, but I think everything went fairly smoothly. I have such a great supporting case with my offensive line and wideouts and running backs and tight ends. I can count on those guys. I'm getting a good connection with everyone. My wideouts are special. I watch Dexter and wish I had moves like that - even in my dreams (laughs). (On his TD pass) It's been a long time since I threw a TD pass in a competition in front of a crowd, so I was excited. I have to admit, I was anxious today. I knew we'd have a good crowd here and I wanted to show everyone what I can do and do my part to get the fans behind this team. We are going to need them all next fall. I think we did OK for them today. We can do things better, but we're going to get there. I missed a couple of reads and throws and I got hit on the arm on the interception I threw, but other than those things, I was OK. (On finally getting his shot on this level) I never thought it would take me this long to get to this point in my career. Now I'm here and know I'm in the right place at the right time.

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