"We have a good mixture, good diversity within our team. They are fitting right in. Today was good to see those guys run around. They love the game, and it shows with how they go about the practice. They're going to be good. How well, how good? That's solely on them," he said.
With the dismissal of Anthony Laurenzi, it's imperative that a younger player steps up and takes over the starting nose tackle position.
"Toni Pole has been here. He's a strong guy, a young guy as well. We've got Junior. You could throw some of the young guys in the mix. We've got a couple of candidates. What we have to make sure to do is create competition within our practices so we can at least see what these guys have when the pads come on," he said.
With just a few weeks before the season kickoff versus BYU, the defensive line coach knows the unit still has strides it must make.
"They know my expectations, and I hope their expectations are greater than mine. I think we've got good energy, good expecations going into the fall. We're just taking it one day at a time. Today was day one, so we're really excited to get back out here tomorrow," he said.
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