On the performance of the offensive line against Sacramento State “I felt like we took a step but we still have a ways to go. I’ve been saying all along, and I truly believe it with this group, it’s going to be a little bit of a work in progress. That doesn’t mean the expectation is not that we’re very good because that’s what we try to achieve every Saturday. We just have got to work through some moving pieces a little bit here and there. There were a lot of good things and a lot of things we have to clean up.”
On the chemistry of the starting offensive line “Well, we’ve really played with six guys because we’ve rotated every two series with Matt James and Kaleb McGary, and sometimes it has been three series. Until one guy is a clear-cut leader there we’ll probably do the same. Trey Adams is in the mix a little bit, so we’ll see. Obviously we don’t want to pull a guys redshirt year off and have him be a backup the entire year so we’ll see how that shakes down in the future.”
On what he sees at the tackle positions and the playing time battles there “It’s a lot of young guys on each side that have bright futures in terms of what they bring athletically. Trey (Adams) is a big, long 6’7” guy that bends his knees well and moves his feet. Coleman (Shelton) is an extremely competitive, smart kid that is going to battle and give you everything he’s got. Matt James on the other side is a smart, competitive guy. Kaleb McGary is a long, athletic guy that we think has a bright future.”
On their plan with Trey Adams going forward “When you’re playing a young guy like this it really is day-to-day. He’s not to the point where he’s truly in the mix to be a starter quite yet. For him, if he could get mentally a little sharper everyday, I think that’s going to help him in the long run. If we could find a way to get him in there at some point this year we would love to do that, to truly get him in there.”
On if it was Trey Adams’ physical maturity that made him an option to play this year “Yes, for sure, that and his athleticism. He’s not just a big guy at 6’7” 300. He’s extremely athletic.”
On Trey Adams is mentally with picking up assignments “He’s done well. It was a struggle early on, which it was for every freshman that we had playing o-line and has been for many years. Every week he’s gotten a little bit better at figuring it out. He’s making big progress for us, he’s just not there yet.”
On the challenge Utah State presents this week “Yeah, it will be a good challenge for us. It’s a heavy pressure team. Whenever you face a team like that, it comes down to having great communication, knowing what you’re doing, and then being physical.