Daoust breaks down the defensive line

Syracuse defensive line coach Tim Daoust goes in-depth on the performance of the defensive linemen in camp.

CuseNation.com caught up with Syracuse defensive line coach Tim Daoust to breakdown the group's performance in trainin camp. Audio is below and a transcription is available below that.

On who has stood out during camp: “I love Micah Robinson and Robby Welsh. They’ve worked really hard in the summer and that’s apparent. No matter how many reps or situations I put them in, they respond just fine. Stocks up on a lot of guys. I’m really pleased with the way Wayne Williams has come out and done a really good job. Had a little bump today, but he’s done a really good job and flashes. Same with Isaiah Johnson and Ryan Sloan. I’m really excited about all of them. The freshmen, Kayton Samuels and Jalen Harvey, have done a really nice job. I think if we need to, we can get them ready. Chris Slayton has huge upside. The game’s a little fast for him right now. At defensive end, we’re doing really well. Donnie Simmons and Trevon Trejo, especially the first few days, were guys that made a statement. I’m excited. I don’t know that I have that one thoroughbred up there this year. But I think as a group, they’re going to be pretty good. And the way we practice is making it extremely tough on them. But I can isolate a lot of good plays from them, I really can. As much as I like to mess around with them, that’s really the truth.”

On Eric Crume: “We have to protect him. Eric Crume is a prove commodity in my opinion. Does he need work and does he need practice? Yes. But you know from doing your homework, there are some depth issues. I’ve got to get the other guys battle tested as fast as I can so I don’t need to see as much from Eric Crume.”

On the freshmen: “We’re excited. They all come out of high school from across the country and it’s the speed of the game and conditioning. As much as you tell them to run, they don’t quite understand it until they really get out there and do it. That’s the first thing and then they’re figuring that out on the run. Then the second thing is playing with their hands against big guys that are really, really athletic. The conditioning and playing with their hands. As we get individual (drills), that’s what we do all the time is play with their hands. When those two are fresh, they are strong. Naturally strong and have very good knee bend and flexibility and they can hold their own. When they get tired, it gets ugly. But I’m excited. It’s in there so I feel good about them.”

On Isaiah Johnson: “He hasn’t played, at all, at end. That’s what I think. Things change, things change, but that’s where it is. He’s been great about it and knows that. He came to me and wanted it in the spring. He’s no dummy, he can look at depth charts too.”

On d-line depth: “I think I have more guys than I had last year. I just have to figure out the right recipe. I just have to figure out how to piece it all together.”

On replacing Bromley: “It’s really the truth, it’ll be a group of them. Eric Crume we’re easing back into it. Ryan Sloan and Wayne Williams did a really good job this summer losing the weight we asked them to. So they’ve given them the chance to be the football players we need them to be. So I’m excited about their ability if they’re fresh, they can help us. Isaiah Johnson’s moved inside to defensive tackle and is doing a really good job. He’s doing well. He’s a big, long kid and taller. He’s about 6-5. He’s got a little things to work on in his game to find out that tackle is a little more physical than defensive end. But he’s doing a good job. It’s a fight day to day to day. They’re in camp and that’s what it is, but I’m pleased with the group as we move forward.”

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