Dorrell's Tuesday Practice Comments

Head Coach <b>Karl Dorrell</b> addresses the injury situation with <b>Maurice Drew</b> and others after practice Tuesday, and talks about the firing of Tyrone Willingham...

Head Coach Karl Dorrell addressed the media after practice Tuesday.

"It's not like I have news-breaking information with all of this attention. We had a good practice. We did more work today with doing some team stuff against each other. We're getting back into the football shape we need to be in. We're still staying the course and doing some good things in what we need to get done by the end of this week. It was a good Tuesday. We got a lot accomplished. But there's still another two or three days of preparation to clean up things more. We're on schedule to do what we need to do, in terms of getting our plans ready for Saturday."

Was Maurice Drew able to do much?

"Maurice did some individual stuff early in practice. It's still pretty sore, so we took him out of doing some of that stuff. We sent him in to get some treatment. The likelihood is probably 50-50."

What will you need to see from him before you make that determinination? A certain amount of reps in practice?

"Yeah, he's going to need to practice. He's going to have to do some things in practice to be apart of the game plan, to see how effective he can be on the practice field. We'll have a better idea by Thursday on what's going on. We'll see what he can do tomorrow, in comparison to what he did today, and make a determinination at some point later in the week."

Is what Chris Markey did at Oregon factor in to how much you would use Drew on a bad ankle?

"It's really unrelated. Chris Markey filled a pretty good role for us in our last game. So did Manuel White. Manuel's been the type of player that's been productive all season long. We're in pretty good shape there, and we have a couple other guys who can fill the role as the third player. We'll see where we're at by the end of the week. But we feel we're in pretty good shape either case."

Is it important for you to dress Maurice for the game, to have that #21 on the sideline?

"No, that wouldn't do anything for us. We have two 21s who dress anyway. It doesn't really matter who's wearing the jerseys on the sideline. The bottom line is you have to come on the field and play. We'll see how it goes by the end of the week."

How about Chris Horton?

"Horton looks good. He's ahead of schedule. He's getting some reps with our 2s. We anticipate him to play on Saturday. That's been a good surprise for us. He responded this week, with no setbacks, so we're going to utilize him on Saturday."

What's your reaction to the firing of Tyrone Willingham?

"I'm disappointed. Sometimes in this profession we lose sight of the big picture. This profession is not the most fair profession to be in. And I understand that. But I'm disappointed."

Do you know him well?

"I know him, but we're not great, great acquaintances."

Will you call him?

"I will. I plan to."

The head of the Black Coaches Association said it black coaches seem to be held to a higher standard. There are only two black head coaches in Division 1-A. Do you get that sense as well?

"I do know this is a very challenging profession. It's driven by wins and losses a lot of the time. That's the unfortunate case. I really don't know the ins and outs of that situation. But I do know the caliber of coach that Tyrone is, and the person he is, and what he's done in his years as being a head coach. It's unfortunate that these situations happen, but it's part of the business. That's the ugly part of the business."

How do you feel about being the black coach currently working the longest?

"I haven't even thought about it that way. I think I'm still a youngster at this job. I'm very fortunate with this opportunity. I do my job with all my heart and soul put into it. At some point in time, it might be my turn. You don't take anything for granted. I'm going to continue to work hard  and coach as best as I can, and to be a big influence in this program and in these players. That's what motivates me every day. We'll just see how long that will take me."

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