Aug. 5, 2007
On what positions there is concern about:
We're going to find out all of those things. It's almost premature to talk about them in that sense. But I've said that the most important position on our football team is the offensive line. That position dictates what happens in football. That will always be a concern no matter if it's good or not so good. If it is healthy then the quarterback plays better, the running back plays better and the receivers play better. We want to be very strong in that area.
Since I've been here we haven't been as good as the Huskies have been in the secondary. We need to get better there. We're concerned about our depth and lack of experience. We didn't reach our goal last year and so we don't have any area that we can call perfect.
On the quarterback position:
Jake is coming in as our starter. I like the work I have seen from Carl and I like the work I've seen from Jake. It should be exciting to see what comes out of this. We have the same philosophy everyday: play the best players.
On position battles:
I'm hoping that every position has tremendous competition. Competition makes everyone better. It takes less prodding on the coach's part to do what we want them to do. Young men are creating competitions by themselves.
On the team's health:
I think we are going in pretty healthy. I can't think of one that should be missing for health reasons. We are in pretty good shape. Ryan [Perkins] was one that came to mind and Darren Harris who was out for a full season should both be ready to go.
On camp goals:
Different teams seek different things. You should start by thinking big. There is no problem with this football team wanting to be the best team in this conference and wanting to be one of the best teams in the country.
On the schedule:
We have one of the toughest schedules in the country. I think our guys are excited about that. Our team really looks at it as a challenge, an opportunity.
On new coach Charlie Baggett:
I think his ability to work with our young men and give them insight that only he can bring will be of great value. He has more than 30 years of experiences split between the professional and collegiate ranks. That is invaluable when you start to add up that experience.
On summer workouts:
I think some of the word on the street is that some of the guys have had fantastic summers. Some guys have had some good summers and some guys have had less than good summers. We'll see later what it really is like.