Football: Coordinators' Monday Morning Quotes

  • By Tiffany Doolittle
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  • April 18, 2011 11:37 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – West Virginia University football offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen and defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel quotes from Monday’s spring practice.

Defensive Coordinator Jeff Casteel

On Saturday’s scrimmage:

I thought we competed really well, but we still have a long way to go. I think our effort is good and we’re getting better a little at a time, but I don’t think we’re ready to play as a defense, yet. We’ve gotten better since the first day, and they did some good things out here today that we haven’t seen yet. We’re definitely a work in progress.

On players that are standing out:
There isn’t really one guy who has stood out. We’re trying to do things as a group, and we’re still mixing and matching guys. We’re starting to see them do some things as a group, which is encouraging, but we still have a long way to go. I don’t know that anyone has been a great surprise to us, yet. We still have a lot of guys out there learning to compete every day.

We do have some kids that have been playing well. Avery Williams is a kid with good feet. We’re seeing him for the first time, so he’s a surprise because we hadn’t seen him. A younger one that stands out is Josh Francis, who’s very explosive. He’s so aggressive and he wants to take off on everything, but once he gets his eyes in a position to make some plays, he’ll be okay. Jorge Wright is coming around and playing a little better. We’re taking baby steps with these guys.

On mixing and matching plays:
Right now, we’re just evaluating the kids. We probably won’t settle in until camp, because there are so many guys to replace and a lot of the other guys haven’t played. We’re not concerned with who’s a first team or second team or third team. We’re just trying to get these guys reps for right now.

On coaching the younger players:
We’re back to square one with a lot of these kids, but it is what it is. They’re understanding it, and they’re seeing a lot of throwing. We’re not working our third-down group - we’re trying to install our base stuff. Sometimes the kids get into mismatches and it makes it tough to form. We’ve been pleased with their effort, their attitudes are good and they’re doing good things.

Offensive Coordinator Dana Holgorsen

On the benefits of scrimmaging:

From a standpoint of figuring out what matters, which you come out here, you install, you practice without whistles and you don’t know whether it’s a negative play or a positive play, so you just move onto the next one. But in a live situation or play, you get yourself a little more familiar with where you’re at as a unit. We have way too many negative plays and way too many sacks, but we just keep addressing it and talking to them about situational stuff - the stuff that actually matters in offensive football.

On doing more running plays during Saturday’s scrimmage:
We were running the ball okay, so we kept running it. The weather was a challenge, so we ran the ball 50 percent of the time and threw the ball 50 percent of the time. Depending on how games go, that may be the case or that may not be the case.

On the team’s ball-handling in bad weather conditions:
It was okay. We had one fumble, but we had the ball on the ground probably four times, which is way too many. In 68 snaps, we turned it over twice. What I stressed to address with them was the ball actually being on the ground five times.

On Tyler Urban being the most consistent receiver:
He is, and even more so today. We moved Stedman Bailey outside, because he and Tyler were playing the same spot and they were two of our top four guys. We moved Stedman out, he had a great practice, which means that Tyler played a little bit more, and he also had a great practice.


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