April 1, 2011
Overall thoughts on Friday's scrimmage
"We stressed them pretty good. We had about 65 scrimmage plays plus we had two live punt and punt returns and four live kick and kick returns. We got after them pretty good. This was the most hitting we've done this spring. I thought the defense ran to the ball extremely well. It's probably the fastest defense we've had since we've been here. There were some good hits and a lot of pressure on the quarterbacks. Offensively, I thought the running backs ran very well. We missed some passes. The passing game is not timed up yet. All in all, I think they're giving us great effort and they're trying hard."
On the injury situation and his overall team depth
"We've got a few guys nicked up who we hope to get back. The thing that's always tough in the spring is we only have about 70 guys. With the freshmen coming in for the fall and a couple of walk-ons, that gives us a chance to add a little more depth. That's one of the problems. We run out of bodies sometimes."
On if he feels the defense is ahead of the offense at this point
"In most cases, the defenses are usually a little bit ahead - particularly in the spring and early in fall camp. They get used to the plays because that's what defense is - it's read and react. There's a lot of recognition and they get used to the same plays, the cadence and the formations. That's what you try to do during game week. I'm really pleased with the defense. I think they're flying around. They're playing hard. There are not a lot of mistakes. There's continuity and I think the coaches are doing a nice job over there."
On the play of his quarterbacks
"Ryan got a lot of reps today, but he still has that shoulder (injury). We can't hit him and he's a little tentative right now. D.J. got a couple of series in and I didn't want him to go too long because of baseball. We didn't want him throwing too many balls. Plus I want to evaluate Taylor Bullock and see what he can do under pressure. He's the only quarterback who doesn't have a red (non-contact) jersey so I want to see him make plays when people are pressuring him."