After a recent practice, our staff caught up with Offensive Line Coach Brad Bedell and Secondary Coach Jason Washington, for their thoughts on how the early part of spring ball is looking. (Secondary Coach Jason Washington) A few days in what are your thoughts so far
It's been good. Of course it's been a new system, a new terminology, the guy are doing a great job. They're grasping the concepts, understanding what's going on. The big thing we talk about is play fast and have fun. We've thrown a lot at them, concentrated on their technique, doing their job and that's what we always talk about.
What about the guys having to step up after losing Xavier Daniels and Aaron Matthews
We always gotta fill holes. That always happens and they've taken the initiative amongst themselves that they're ready to play. Besides some of those older guys, some of those younger guys are doing a great job. The older guys are teaching the younger guys what to do.
Talk about your new role in taking charge of the entire secondary and any changes
Not a whole lot. It's trying to control all four. I wish I had four eyes to be honest with you. I try to take two and watch one side, then the other. Make the corrections that I need to on film. It's been fun being a part of the entire secondary. It's going to be a work in progress, the guy we lost, Coach Naivar, he was phenomenal. I learned a lot from him and I want to continue to bring that knowledge of what he taught those safeties and continue to build on what he's taught those guys.
(Offensive Line Coach Brad Bedell)
How's the transition going after a couple of weeks on the job here at Texas State
Good! The talent is great. I found a great place to live, my family likes it, and that's all that matters to me. I think it's a great place to work. The offensive staff is great I've learned a lot since I've been here. It couldn't have been better.
What are your goals for this young, but experienced offensive line
Physical! If you're not physical, you're not going to play. That's in all facets, passing game, running game. Accountability is a big thing for me. They have to prepare and they know the standard. The standard was talked about the first day I stepped on campus and was able to meet with them. Everyday is a test when we're installing. We do have a lot of experience, but we've got a lot of room to improve. That's whats exciting, that's why I'm here. So we need to get better and we will get better.
Did any of your kids talk about your All-American days at Colorado or about being an NFL Draft Pick
No (Coach Bedell said in a drawn out tone), they knew the bio and all that. At the end of the day it brings a respect level, but now it's what can you teach me, not what I did. I'm proud of what I did as a football player and I'm proud of what I've done so far as a coach. I've played the game, I've done that, now it's how can I make them better.
Coach Wash And Bedell
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