Quotes from camp, day #1

Walt Harris likes what he sees from Rod Rutherford after the second practice on the first day of camp.

Camp day 1 (8/10/02)

Walt Harris:

Very spirited practice for only the second practice of training camp. As I told the football team our challenge is to sustain, if we keep practicing like that we're going to be a good football team.

Exciting for the seniors - this is their last year, this is their team.

On Dustin Picciotti: He looks great physically, I did see the fumble and that shows he's been away from the action and that's sometimes understandable even though he was here last spring. We can't fumble the ball, we had two turnovers in that drill and we can't do that and expect to be any kind of good football team. We're waiting to see, hopefully he feels good and healthy and responds. We always thought he could be a good football player and now I think his head feels better, he's more confident. He's full speed as he was during the spring and we're not doing anything different.

On Marcus Furman: We're awful early yet, he ran real well and I think he had a good summer. I would just say he's got good hands, is smart and runs fast so we're looking for guys who can catch to play those positions at receiver. We've been spoiled around here, we've had outstanding receivers and now we've got to make sure we can sustain that.

In response to who the fastest guy on the team is: Malcolm Pinder. Linebacker.

On QBs: I thought Rod had a nice practice especially early in this practice. He'll get used to the tempo again of them coming after us and I thought he threw the ball a lot better here than he did during the spring.

On Rod's leadership: I think Rod's leadership is by example more than being a rah-rah guy. I think his personality will come out more in a game than it would in practice. I think he's got a lot of things to think about in terms of trying to execute and that probably affects his leadership a little bit right now. I don't think he's going to be a vocal leader anyway.


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