"Without getting to into it and giving things away, some of the things we did with the quarterbacks in terms of things we asked him to do that he wasn't doing last year, and he made that happen. It's very exciting to see."
"When I'm talking about the quarterbacks and the running game, and some of the things that we want to do, we have to talk about the offensive linemen, and their play. That's critical for what he want to do this season I saw that and we charted that at 35 percent and we did that. We probably executed about 80 percent of them, and that's exciting and something you can build on."
"Some of the things were doing scheme wise we executed very well. We just got to clean some of it up, the illegal procedures, jumping off sides, holding calls, sacks, but I tell you what, I saw some very positive things. We don't talk about negatives, but things that we can build on. We can clean it up, get more efficient, and improve even more."
The red zone was an issue last year, but during the scrimmage the offense was very proficient
"One positive thing I saw was what we did in the red zone. From six yards in was very difficult for us to do last year, but we put the ball in 4 times out of 5, and that is something to build on. It gives the guys confidence, and us confidence in them. Carlton Mitchell had one, Andreas Shields had one, Richard Kelly had one, and I think Mo had one. That's two running backs, a tight end and a receiver, so it's good that we spread it around."
The team bogged down a few times on the 30 and the 40, but Delbert Alvarado hit few long field goals.
‘He did hit a few big ones. When you're backed up on the twenty, to drive eighty yards is very difficult. I think it's something like 12 percent of the teams score when you have to go eight yards, so it's tough. Driving it and changing field position and giving you a chance for a field goal is fine, and I think we made four field goals."
Penalties are drive killers.
"You can see our kids moving the ball, and then find out you had a holding penalty, a illegal procedure, and move the chains back. That's what we learned in the scrimmage. You can't play behind the chains. You stay ahead of the chains and you'll have a chance to be a darn good football team. I tell them, it's hard to call second and twenty, but it's easy to call second and four, that's easy. We worked hard on that yesterday and today and I'm excited for our kids and the direction we're heading."
With A.J. and Jessie limited, somebody else has to step up
"Until all the guys are healthy, the younger guys are getting reps. Look at what a guy like Sterling Griffin is doing, as a freshman he's doing some great things, and he's pushing to get in the rotation. Guys are getting reps at different spots. We moved Bogan to a different position until we get Jessie back. He's actually out on the field practicing and I love it and smiling, Jessie Hester is my security blanket. But I feel confident about our group and if somebody is down then somebody else is stepping up. Carlton Mitchell is having a good camp. Daniel Brant had a nice scrimmage and doing some positive things. I'm also very impressed with Andreas Shields and what he does at that position. A guy that can stretch the field with that much height is very exciting. "
With Jamar Taylor out for 8-10 weeks other backs are getting reps
"With the backs I'm happy with what all of them are doing. When you lose a guy for whatever reason the next guy got to step up and we can't lose a beat. Losing Jamar hurts, but now someone else has got to step up. These other guys are ready to do that. Guys like Aston, and Lindsey, and the other backs will get a chance to get more reps, show what they can do."
The freshman is fast
"Lindsey Lamar brings sped, and you can see that speed and that's what we desperately needed. We have great running backs that do a lot of great things but he brings that speed factor. Aston Samuels is fast, but Lindsey is very fast."
It all starts up front
"I could just list name, but I what I'm really excited about are how the guys up front are playing. Mark Popek is getting better. Sampson Genus is controlling the center position with such force and strength. And Jeremiah Warren has really stepped up in such a tremendous way, it's really going o make us better. You're talking about a guy whose 6'5 320 pounds and moves so good. Jamar Bass just got here and he's playing really well at the tackle position. All of them are doing very well and giving us time to do the things we want."
They've come a long ways
"All in all, I'm very happy with the progress we made, and out future is very bright."
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