Toledo's Comments: Thursday's Practice

Coach Toledo asseses the team's practice on the last day before heading to Kansas...

Head Coach Bob Toledo comments…

On the possibility of poor weather conditions…

"I heard it was 85 degrees, and a chance of humidity and rain. If it's a downpour it makes it hard. But thundershowers are sprinkles. I try not to worry about that, and not let them worry about it. Tell them it's going to be hot and humid, a little rain, very similar to Alabama. Let's go and get after it."

On playing on the "fast track" of artificial turf…

"Everybody likes the fast track. I like fast tracks. It's generally a good type of artificial turf. It's similar to the stuff they have at Washington now. The players like it. It has some cusion. Less injuries. It feels more like grass."

On status of Ken Kocher…

"We'll wait until game time to make a decision on him. He's progressing real well. Sua, too, they told me. They both could possibly play. I think everyone else is pretty healthy."

On the quality of practice this week…

"Practice for the week was outstanding. I hope they don't like this early practice. They did a great job, they worked hard, they were all in meetings in the morning, lifted weights, and did everything we asked. They had a good week."

On whether the passing game looked sharper in practice this week…

"Yeah, I think Cory is a little more focused. He realized he didn't throw the ball real well. One of things was – I just didn't want him to get a lot of hits last week. I knew he would kind of have that feeling. So we kept some backs in, protection-wise, and didn't throw the ball that much as I've mentioned. I just didn't want him to get a bunch of hits, and he didn't. We can't go that way the whole year, he's got to now start throwing. He's got to get a little better. He did this week. I think he'll be fine."


Comments from Quarterback Cory Paus…

On throwing more this week…

"I think we will. It would have looked like we threw more last week if I would have completed more passes and we caught a little more balls. It would have been a lot easier."

On the performance of the offensive line last week…

"They did really well. They did a helluva job. They gave me protection and made me feel comfortable. It was probably something that was a problem last year, running the ball and protecting the quarterback, but they did a great job against Alabama."


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