On What He Knows About His Team:
Camp is three weeks, so you try to figure out your team in three weeks and then at that point you get tired of practicing against each other and you really can’t tell anything until you play that first game. Once you play that first game it’s all about how much improvement you make from game one to game two to game three, before you figure out what your team is all about. The only think I can see is there is a lot of energy out there. There are a lot of guys who enjoy playing football, and there is a lot of energy. Does that mean we’ll be good and capable of winning games? That doesn’t mean that, but we have a bunch of guys with the right attitude that want to play which means we should get better throughout the course of camp.
On the Early Positive:
With the o-line, you knew what you were getting with (Joey) Madsen, (Jeff) Braun and (Josh) Jenkins, those guys have played a lot of football around here and solidified the inside. Pat Eger had his problems last year, but is a returning starter. He is playing better, and we have the ability to move him down to guard. Curtis Feigt looks like a different guy, we’d feel much more comfortable putting him in. (Quinton) Spain looks like a different guy, we’d feel much more comfortable putting him in. We feel really good about them, we’re trying to find some more guards. We’ve identified some guys with depth, we’re just trying to find a few more. Obviously, we have a couple of receivers who can play, but we need five more, and I’m not sure who they will be. I feel good about the o-line. Those guys are playing well right now.
On Young Linebackers:
You have three returning starters in (Jared) Barber, (Doug) Rigg and (Jewone) Snow. They played a lot last year. Najee Goode was the guy who held that together and finding a guy that can replace him from a leadership standpoint, toughness standpoint and playmaking ability standpoint, we haven’t found that yet. We have three guys who have starting experience and then we’ve moved Shaq Petteway and Isaiah Bruce in there. Those are two guys that are really athletic, but just don’t have that much experience. We’re rolling a lot of bodies in there and trying to find the appropriate two people, but we haven’t found that out yet.
On Today’s Team Session:
It’s fun. One thing as a head coach that gets me fired up is when we put the ball down and score. The offense runs into the end zone and has a good time. The next time we put it down and play it and throw an interception in the end zone. The defense is in the end zone hootin’ and hollerin’ and having a good time. If it’s just 100 percent one-sided, it’s not going to do any good. If there is competition, and it goes back and forth, then you have a chance to be successful.
On Dustin Garrison Being in White Jersey:
He didn’t want to be in the green, we just figured we would give him a couple of days to back off a little bit. He has been working through it, and that’s always a work in progress. Especially for a running back, when they need to make those cuts.
On Coaching Rule Changes:
We sit here and talk to them about it. We had a Big 12 referee come in and explain it so the guys can ask questions, and they’ll hear it from the referees. We try to practice it as much as we can. Obviously, the kickoff rule is different so when we’re out there we practice it and tell them what the rules are. The helmet rule is new. Throughout the course of a play if someone’s helmet comes off you need to take them off the field for a play. We try to emulate those situations.
On the Early Enrollee Advantage:
It helps a little bit, Karl Joseph is ahead some of the other younger guys in the secondary because he was here. Jordan Thompson is ahead some of the receivers because he was here. It definitely helps, can those others guys catch them? We got 21 more practice to see if they can.