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April 28, 2012

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Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the plays called for the purple team…
“He (Collin Klein) called all of them. I think the coaches sent in two plays for minus six yards and Collin called the rest of them.”

On Collin Klein getting off to a good start…
“Here is a guy. He (Collin Klein) has confidence and he knows what he is capable of doing. Things like the interception; he feels bad about it but he knows that he is better than that. It does not take away his confidence.”

On Klein’s growth as a passer…
“He is throwing the ball well. He can throw it down the field, but he is throwing the short passes. You saw a lot of that today and he has been doing it reasonably well.”

On Tavarius Bender not playing with the purple team…
“Tavarius (Bender) had some soft tissue, not necessarily an injury, but kind of like a semi-pulled muscle. We were just being on the safe side. Now if we played him, then we would of probably, depending where we were on the scoreboard, given him a couple series with the ones.”

On summing up the spring season…
“It is probably too early. It would take some dialogue and some conversations. We are going to have to go back and scrutinize some things. We have had two practices, which are extremely instrumental in the total package. We really have not had much time to scrutinize yet over yesterday’s practice because of the auction last night. So we have not had time to sit down and study that. Our players and coaches this morning started to go over that on tape and will get a chance to finish that up tomorrow. That is a part of it. That will give us the chance to sit back and look at where we are collectively. It is not something that you look at through the course of the spring individually, but groups as much as anything is part of the whole. Now we have to see the entire package, and of course we did not do anything in the kicking game today. How we ran one back for a touchdown, I have no clue, but maybe someone was lazy on the other side. The kicking game was not our kicking game; it was our offense and defense staying on the field just going through the motions to create continuity in the ball game.”

On the pros and cons of the spring game…
“No matter how it plays out, and this is in the position that I am in; if you are on the offensive side of the ball you might be able to say some positive things about the defense on the defensive side. If you are on the defensive side, you can say something good about the offense. I am in the middle. If the offense scores, I am mad at the defense. If the defense holds them, I am mad at the offense. It is kind of a no-win situation and I need to remove myself from it as much as possible. Our No. 1 offense played well, which would allow you to say that they played well except for the two beginning drives in the third quarter, which they were three and out and had not been kept out of the end zone in the first half. They played very well in the first half and I think they took a little something for granted going into the second half. It is something to learn from and I certainly believe they will. Obviously, the purple defense played well against the white offense with exceptions as I indicated at the opening of the second half. Wherever you can find some good, you can find something that you are not happy with. The biggest thing you can draw from right now is that we need more depth.”

On Justin Tuggle…
“Justin’s story is that the transition was made last year before the bowl game. That period of time was very beneficial to him. To get into offseason workouts, when you cannot have coaches there coaching him and he is able to make a lot of progress because of it. He picked up where he left off here in the spring. He worked hard and made some improvement, There is a period of time where he plateaued off a little bit.”

Senior QB Collin Klein
On his play today…
“I thought I played pretty good. I think decision making was pretty good. I know when we get back and see the film there is probably a couple throws I would like to have back but that is just that process of trying to be the very, very best that I can be. It is just another step in that journey. We had some high points. The receivers made some very good catches across the board. They made plays for us. But that is what you like to see, people making plays up front, giving us a chance to do our thing, making hard plays, making hard catches, hopefully trying to score as many points as we can.”

On his reception…
“I was about to throw that thing again, I forgot I could not do that! Like I said, we are just trying to be diverse and get the ball in as many people’s hands as possible.”

Senior WR Chris Harper
On receivers getting the ball during the game…
“Usually in the spring game the quarterback gets to call the plays so there is going to be a lot of passing it around.”

On the focuses this spring…
“Our main focus this spring has been running, coming off the ball and speed. That is something we lacked in last season, so that’s kind of our main interest is just to run and I think we good job running today.”

Junior RB Robert Rose
On favorite play in the game…
“I was mostly proud of my catch in the backfield and being able to make a change.”

On running game now vs. last Fall…
“I think we all have gotten better over the spring and it is going to improve even more through camp.”

On scoring…
“I started off with the white team, but it was interesting to see the many different ways we can score and it showed our passing game has gotten better.”

Junior WR Tramaine Thompson
On spring game being a combination of spring practice…
“It is a great way to end it. It’s fun to put on a little display for the fans. I always look forward to the spring game.”

On anticipation for summer ball...
“I anticipate everyone coming out to optional practices and putting in the time and effort to get better for us to be really good this coming year. We all have high hopes for the team.

On expectations for season…
“Simple. I’m just trying to get a national championship.”

Senior TE Travis Tannahill
On the interception Klein threw at the end of the game…
“I do not think he was too happy with himself, especially when we were already in field position. If we were back another 15 to 20 yards it is a different story, just taking another shot. He definitely was not happy with himself but he will be all right.”

On running a more pass-oriented offense…
“Yeah it is a lot of fun running around. In the first half we were throwing the ball around, second half too. Ideally we would like to have a balanced offense but it is good to know that we have those capabilities.”

Freshman OL Boston Stiverson
On elevating to the #1 spot…
“Work hard every day, know my stuff, and read the playbook every day, mainly just working hard, because coaches appreciate that. It is also fortunate that a senior graduated, now it is my turn to step in.”

On who is mentoring him and Cody Whitehair…
“I look at B.J. Finney. We really look up to the whole offensive line because they’ve been here for a while. They are great leaders and we follow them.”

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