Pony Stampede Spring Practice Report: Day 9

Pony Stampede will be at every SMU spring practice over the next month. Come inside for a recap of Day 9!

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Q&A With WR Arrius Holleman

B: You've been here for a little while now. Describe your time here so far?

AH: I feel like I haven't been as productive as I should have been. I've had two setback years and I could have played both years, but I took them for granted. Now, I'm just trying to be humble and get back on it.

B: How comfortable are you in the offense? Are there any changes that you have had to get used to?

AH: I feel real comfortable within the position. For the most part, it's just the conditioning. There's nothing new in the offense. That's about it.

B: I've actually noticed that with the receivers. It seems that Coach Phillips has you guys running twenty to thirty yards downfield after every play and then running back to the side line or back to the line of scrimmage. How has that transition been?

AH: Basically that goes back to the conditioning. Instead of running after practice and being disciplined after practice, we're just being disciplined during practice and finishing plays since that's what we're going to be doing in the game.

B: There is a lot of competition going on especially at your position. Talk about the young talent you guys have and talk about what you want to do this spring to show coaches you want that top spot.

AH: I just want to be more consistent. As far as the new guys, they're all doing good things. Everybody's learning the offense if they haven't been here and as for the guys that have been here they're just trying to knock out the kinks and wrinkles that they have on the field so that's really it.

B: What have you personally worked on most since the season ended?

AH: Attitude. Coming out here with a positive mindset and just really being the best that I can be and playing my role on the team. I'm trying to just take advantage of the time that I do get and learn from the time that I don't get.

B: What have you learned from some of the veterans that have come through here and set the example for you?

AH: Not to take it for granted. Before you know it, it could be your last practice.

B: You didn't practice today man… What's going on?

AH: Oh I just have some leg issues.

B: What are your expectations for this year and what have the coaches been telling you as far as how big of a role you will play?

AH: The coaches don't really talk about playing time. Everybody gets evaluated throughout the day and throughout the year and playing time is just based on how you do in practice and how ready they feel that you are. All I want to do is play. So playing time is going to come as I do better in practice and as I get more mentally prepared and more physically prepared but at the end of the day it's in their hands. I can't really say how much I'm going to get.

Quick Hits

• Defense showed more physicality today than I have ever seen at a practice.

Randall Joyner looked like one of the best players on the defense. He was fast, vocally active and looked exceptional in pass coverage knocking down balls, reacting with quickness and coming very close to some interceptions. I can definitely see how he used to play safety.

Neal Burcham made some tight throws today and extended some plays with his feet.

Garrett Gilbert's arm looked great but was a bit inconsistent. Looks like he has trouble when he tries to put touch on the ball. Sometimes will underthrow receivers when he isn't gunning.

Jarvis Pruitt intercepted Gilbert on a nice athletic play catching the ball at its highest point.

Jared Williams looking very lively and confident in his cutting ability.

Nate Halverson showed good speed and ability to turn up the field after the catch.

• PLAY OF THE DAY: JR Richardson BLASTED Deion Sanders Jr. after he caught a ball near the sideline. Sanders did a great job of holding on to the ball however, before heading over to the sideline to count his teeth.

Jonathan Yenga, Ronnell Sims and Arrius Holleman were all out today with injuries.

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