2008 Washington Spring Football Game
April 26, 2008
Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks Coach
General Statement: I like the way both quarterbacks played out there today. I thought they had a lot of poise and presence out there. They both threw the ball extremely well. Had a couple balls drop but that's what you get when you have lot of young kids out there. But they'll get over that. We had a lot of mistakes getting lined up; a lot of receivers didn't understand who was on and who was off. That cost the purple team the game in the end.
On what he has seen through spring practice: I feel a lot more comfortable with knowing Ronnie Fouch can play. He can hold his own. There might be a time when Jake needs to sit down or rest and not get banged up and Ronnie Fouch can get in there and win one. The first week he struggled a little bit, I was a little concerned. But then he got better in the last two scrimmages and then today was probably his best day. He operated really well out there. I liked his poise and presence out there, and his leadership. Those are the qualities you really like in a quarterback. I'm really pleased with the progress he's made.
On the receivers: They're going to be okay. You could tell they were a bit nervous and they didn't get lined up right all the time and they dropped some balls. But they made some plays too.
On redshirt sophomore D'Andre Goodwin (WR): D'Andre Goodwin had a good game today, and he's been doing that every time we've scrimmaged. He always has a great play like that. In the red zone, we want to call his number. We told him he'd score and he did. That's what the young guys need to see, is the consistency that D'Andre has.
General Statement: "The kids are very willing and they're working hard. Each week we've been taking small steps. I was talking before about how important the summer is. Our kids are buying in, and they need to take that really nice opportunity in the summer where they can take a step with their leadership and now go through these same weeks and days that we've had on their own. We have leadership here with Jake [Locker] and Donald [Butler] and Daniel Te'o-Nesheim. If they can carry through the summer, we can take another step and be successful."
On Mesphin Forrester and Quinton Richardson at corner: "I think they did fine. Our secondary is still very fluid. We want to look at it through the summer. We want toughness, that's the number one requirement."
On De'Shon Matthews making the switch from defensive end to tackle: "He's doing fine. There was a void there because of all the people we lost. But he's a work in progress and he's taking steps."
General Comments: "It was really frustrating because I was trying to be so perfect and trying to do so much it took me out of it a little bit, but I think I ended good. They ran a few short ones to build my confidence back up. Coach wanted me to touch the ball a few times and after I did that I got a couple of catches and it helped me relax. I want to be known for being able to catch the ball. I want to be reliable."
On his in-game rivalry with teammate Matt Mosley: "I love him. He is one of my really good friends. We battle and we go at it. I was just talking to the ref because he kept hitting me in the face and I was getting mad. But there are no hard feelings. He is a really good guy and we're friends."
After his rough start early in the game: "I kept thinking about what the great ones like Jerry Rice always said that the great ones always talk about thinking of the next plays and that is really important. In my head I just visualize making those catches. It was tough because I hate dropping balls like that, especially the touch down in the beginning; but I just visualized making the catches and told myself I could make them."
On his father, Charles Hawkins, Sr. attending today's game: "It was good. I hadn't seen him since Christmas. I wanted to be so perfect and it was hard holding all of my emotions inside. I was trying to do too much. I had to tell myself to just relax because I knew we could make those plays."
On the new defense under Ed Donatell: I think the production of the linebackers is going to increase all over. A lot of the linebackers have a lot more opportunities to make a lot more tackles... It's more of (utilizing) my instincts, I'm playing more to my instincts. Roaming free, being patient, just letting me play."
On playing second team and making it back to the first team: "We'll see. I've got a whole training camp to go through. I have a lot of time to earn it back. I'm not a starter right now, but I will earn it back."
On the importance of spring practice: "Just learning. I started off struggling. I just never gave up and kept fighting, working on my mechanics."
On his decision to come to UW early last year (and Chris Polk's this year): "It was the best decision I've made in my life to come up early. Just get to know the offense and come to camp already knowing that offense....It's your future. College football is both of our dreams. Why not get started early and get a chance to compete in the start of the season?"