Football Assistant Coach Quotes

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • August 08, 2012 01:54 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Mountaineer assistant coaches were available for the media Wednesday morning inside the Milan Puskar Center:

Cornerbacks coach Daron Roberts

On how things are going thus far
I’m seeing a steady improvement. I think that our guys are coming along. We have three freshmen who are getting significant snaps during practice, but unfortunately we had some setbacks in Brodrick (Jenkins) and Avery (Williams) with a few injuries. The fortunate side is that Nana (Kyeremeh), Brandon (Napoleon) and Ricky (Rumph) have gotten more snaps. I believe those guys are becoming more comfortable with the system. We’re starting to see more of the younger guys make plays on the ball, interceptions and pass breakups.

On if the young guys will see time this fall
I’m telling them that the only two corners on the team with snaps in a game are Pat Miller and Brodrick Jenkins. We’ve had practices here in camp and the spring where we have played without one of them, so it makes sense for us to try and create as much depth at that position as possible. Knowing that we’re going to a pass-happy league and knowing that we’re going to have to run down the field quite a bit, some of the young guys will play. In this league, you have to be deep at corner.

Offensive Line coach Bill Bedenbaugh

On the depth this season compared to last
The problem that happened to us was wearing down in practice; we weren’t wearing down in games. We didn’t have enough quality guys to practice with and to get quality plays off. You don’t wear down in the game, you wear down in practice. Right now, the first group will go four plays with the first team, and then the second four plays will be (Pat) Eger at right guard, (Curtis) Feigt at right tackle and Joey (Madsen) at center. The third group of plays will be Feigt at right tackle, Pat at right guard and (Jeff) Braun at center. Now we’re going to start doing that on the left side because (Nick) Kindler is coming along. Now it’s practice.

On whether Pat Eger is now a right guard
No, he’s a right tackle. We may be working toward that, and I didn’t know that we could. It’s really hard to say you can have 10 quality guys that can play. What we’re trying to do is make Eger a right tackle and a right guard. Because Feigt is coming on, we can do that. Pat is more experienced and can play both positions, and we can roll with that. Nick is coming on, so hopefully now we can start moving (Quinton) Spain to left guard. Those two freshmen (Tyler Orlosky and Adam Pankey) are doing a heck of a job, but ideally you want to redshirt them. We’re going to have eight guys that can play.

Quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital

On whether Geno Smith’s checks are worked on on or off the field
It’s a little of both. When we’re out there practicing, we try to run as many plays as possible to get it on tape. The majority of the talking happens in the meeting rooms, but there are little things out there he can work on. We’ve come a long way with the checks. Coach Bedenbaugh and Coach (Robert) Gillespie have worked with me a lot on how to communicate it better on certain plays.

On whether Dana Holgorsen is noticing Geno’s progress with checks
Yes, it’s just becoming more familiar with the scheme. Last year, we were more focused on where the receivers would be and how to get the ball out of your hand quick.

Defensive Line coach Erik Slaughter

On the progression of Tyler Anderson
Tyler is not unlike most of the guys I have right now in that they have never started a football game. He’s doing great. He’s a very intelligent young man and he cares, and I think he has a chip on his shoulder because he was unrecruited and he is a walk-on. He comes in every day to prove a point, and I like that; I know I can count on him.

On when he noticed Anderson’s ability
It took me awhile because I didn’t know any of them. He came in and was serious about what he was doing and passionate about what he is doing, which I am, too. We hit it off right away, and I love his effort and intensity. I’m going to try and get the kids like that because that is what I want up front.

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