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April 26, 2014

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Head Coach Bill Snyder
On how representative the game was…
“Representative, I do not think we were the kind of football team that I wanted us to be today. There were some good things, there was some bad things. The white team at some spots collectively played better than the purple team. I think we struggled on offense. The white team offensively put up some first downs.  We could not get any three-and-outs for the purple defense. They struggled a little bit on the big play. The offense just killed itself with penalties and took them out of field position and scoring range on more than one occasion. I think part of that is I have not been with them to work with them as much as I would like to.  ”

On the play of the defenses…
“The easy thing to say is that they are running the same play every day and defensively you line up against the same thing over and over. Pretty soon you get acclimated to it. In everything you get used to how the offense lines up and how the linemen move their eyes and how they go in to their stances. It is the familiarization with the opponent’s offense and during the season you do not get that. You get three or four days to get to look at it with different people playing it. Virtually every program is in the same situation that the offense is ahead of the defense and the defense catches up. That has not always been the case for us, but I think that is not the whole issue. Part of it is that we are not as productive on offense and like I said a minute ago, the offense has not been disciplined during the course of the spring. Penalties are the biggest thing. We have had some turnover issues and we turned over the ball today again when we had an opportunity to go in and score.”  

On Jake Waters…
“Well I think he is attempting to do what he needs to do. I think he still has a ways to go. He did some good things today and he did some things that I would have expected him not doing that were not so good, so it was kind of a mixed bag.”

On the running backs…
“Well right now it is kind of an even bag. (Charles) Jones had maybe a better day, but that is not defining the position right now. They all have good abilities and the most important thing for all of them, like what I was saying earlier, is having a handle on the offense. They are all young and they were all on the scout squad last year. They are making progress though the course of spring practice, but there are a lot of things about the position they do not know yet.”

On Daniel Sams…
“Well like I told the players, that it is not just Daniel, it is all of them. Like I said at the start of the game going in to today this is practice day number 15. Everyone has an opportunity to move up or down on the depth chart on a daily bases. I said at halftime, and I meant it, that I was pleased with the way that quite a few guys were playing on the white unit and based on what I saw with not seeing the tape some of the guys stood a decent chance of moving up.”

On Kaiden Schroeder`s touchdown…
“Well he is a young guy. First and foremost it is a result of young people in our program who really reach out to others. There is so much community service that goes unnoticed in our program. I value them and they volunteer to go do things and they do amazing things with it. It is good for them and they love doing it. There are a lot of young people that they bring in to our program. This particular one happens to be going though some hard times. It was fun for him and enjoyable for all of our players at the same time. You love seeing things like that, you really do.”

Senior Quarterback Jake Waters
On his thoughts of the offense…
“You have to give credit to the white team’s defense, but we did not come out prepared enough to play and to play well. We can use that as motivation to get better going into the summer.”

On his play today…
“I made some decent throws, but not up where I want to be at. That gives me more motivation to go and get better, but for the most part, I was not really pleased.”

On the play in the third quarter…
“We got it going for a couple of drives and then we kind of shot ourselves in the foot. When we got it going it felt really well, but we just hurt ourselves on too many drives today.”

Senior Linebacker Jonathan Truman
On team coming together…
“We have come together great since spring ball has started and have really come together as a team goal. Before every practice we want to get better that day. I am sure you guys hear it all the time, but that is something that we take very seriously. We just try and get better every single day; in the film room, on the practice field, in the classroom and whatever we are doing we are trying to get better.”

On the purple team’s defense…
“We made a few three-and-outs, but we could have done better. We had a lot of guys coming in and getting reps. Give credit to the white offense. We have a lot of depth on our team so it just proves that we have a lot of competitive guys that are ready to play.”

On who can step up as a leader…
“There are a lot of potential guys that are on our defense that can be great leaders. They are great players and great guys on and off the field. Some names that come to mind are (Ryan) Mueller, Dante (Barnett) and Randall Evans. I could name almost anybody that has a great attitude and invest themselves in the team.”

Senior Defensive End Ryan Mueller
On today’s scrimmage…
“I appreciate everybody that showed up. The defense is coming together. It was very vanilla today. The coaches do not draw up any blitzes or run any schemes so it is harder to look good when it is just line up and play. It was fun to get out there and be in front of the fans and run around.”

On halftime adjustments…
“There were not many adjustments. Just reviewed what it is like during a regular season game and kind of simulating some things about what is going on out there and getting guys to visualize since Coach (Bill) Snyder is real big on visualizing being out there on a Saturday.”

On not flipping the score at halftime…
“It is not really a big deal to me. Just lining up and running to the ball is the big thing. Coach Snyder harps on being a disciplined football team and eliminating penalties. The purple offense had a couple of penalties, and I am pretty sure that the purple defense was flawless with no penalties and that was definitely a goal for us.”

Senior Offensive Lineman Cody Whitehair
On switching from guard to tackle…
“It is a tough transition for me. Coach (Charlie) Dickey asked me to do it and I have to do it.”

On pushing himself at his new position…
“I am really not too worried about that. Hopefully some guys will come in and play the tackle position and gain better depth at that position so that I can be fortunate enough to go back and play guard.”

Senior Wide Receiver Curry Sexton
On Daniel Sams transition to wide receiver…
“I think he has handled everything well. His redshirt freshman year he was the back-up and saw some time in certain situations like the Wildcat formation. Last year, he dealt with the back and forth thing with Jake (Waters). This spring and winter he switched over to receiver and I think that he has done a really good job. He is such a dynamic athlete, and I think he is capable of doing whatever he sets his mind to. I think it was a struggle for him fundamentally just because playing quarterback his whole life and then playing receiver is tough. We saw it towards the end of spring that he can really do some good things and come into his own as a receiver.

On having a set quarterback…
“Getting chemistry with one guy on offense is so much easier. Jake is to the point now where he knows what every single one of us is going to do in certain situations, and we can communicate with him and tell him what to look for.”

Sophomore Fullback Glenn Gronkowski
On his touchdown run…
“It was kind of funny because I do not think Jake knew that I was the running back. I think he called that for Charles (Jones). It felt good obviously, and the line created a huge hole and I think anyone would have scored on that.”

On being more involved in the offense…
“We have been working on that. I have been getting some running back reps, and I think that is going to be a possibility.”