Here’s what SEC head football coaches said about their pre-season practices today, Saturday, August 3, 2013. Subscribe to get all the latest post-practice reports, news and exclusive interviews from around the Southeastern Conference in college football.
Tennessee – Butch Jones
"I thought today was extremely productive. I was kind of disappointed yesterday with our mental effort, our mental focus, our intensity throughout the entire length of practice. But today I thought we maintained it and we built upon it. I am very encouraged by our freshmen wide receivers. I think they have improved our football team. We are completing balls in practice. So I think they have been a big addition. We will find out a little more, obviously, tomorrow when the uppers go on. But overall team wise, I thought today was extremely productive."
(On Coach Jancek)
"Every great teacher, your message has to be clean, clear, concise and direct. Each individual has a different learning curve, so you teach differently. Whether it is with video, whether it is on the board, John has done great by learning every individual on our defense and how they learn and how you motivate them."
(On defensive backs)
"It is a battle," Jones said. "First of all, getting Brian Randolph back, you can see the recovery from spring ball to now. He's quicker, he's stronger. With McNeil and Byron, there's just day-to-day competition. Competition is healthy, but it also helps us in the special teams game as well."
(On wide receiver group)
They've really added a competitive component to the offense, which is greatly needed," he said "We challenged them and this group is extremely prideful." Jones said. "It was an okay practice, but our standard here is a little bit more. I like the way we came back and we battled."
(On freshmen wide receivers)
"I was very encouraged by the freshman wide receivers," Jones said. "I think they improved our football team. We are going to have to rely on some true freshman.
(On the 1-on-1 start of practice redzone battle between WR Cody Blanc & CB Malik Foreman)
“I know Cody is not a true freshman but Malik Foreman is. I think it is a lesson to Malik that every time you step on the football field that you have to be ready to play. It is just trying to put those freshmen into competitive situations and we will do more of that throughout the course of training camp."
Hugh Freeze – Ole Miss
“Quincy (Adeboyejo) had another really good day,” said Freeze of the rookie receiver following Saturday’s two-plus hour practice. “(Robert) Nkemdiche, (Laremy) Tunsil, (Austin) Golson - guys you expect to get a lot of reps had a chance to stand out a lot more than others. The running backs – between Kailo (Moore), Jordan (Wilkins) and (Mark) Dodson – we’ve got some good ones.”
Robert Nkemdiche, the nation’s top-rated recruit out of high school last year, has immediately caught the eye of the coaches. “He’s physically gifted enough to play, so it’s all about can he understand what we’re trying to accomplish, what his assignments are,” Freeze said. “If he can get that, there’s no question he can physically play. (The defensive coaches) better be trying to get him ready.”
“The biggest concern is how these guys come back from all these injuries,” Freeze said. “It’s still a concern. C.J. (Johnson), Charles (Sawyer), Issac Gross - those guys we depend on to have a lot of snaps, and they’re not with us right now.”
“It’s already started showing that we better develop some depth (at offensive line),” Freeze said.
*Junior receiver Vince Sanders was unable to finish practice Saturday after an injury during one-on-one drills. Senior offensive lineman Pierce Burton was out with a lower back strain, which gave the team’s young new linemen a chance to run more snaps.
Georgia – Mark Richt
"Today was our first day in shoulder pads, and we had a chance to up the tempo to what we call 'thud,'" head coach Mark Richt said. "It's part of the progression of our five-day acclimation period. Things definitely got more lively today, and I was pleased with what I saw."
Auburn – Gus Malzahn
"Overall, I felt our approach to practice today and our attitude and effort were good,” Malzahn said. “The pace was much better. When you've been through a spring and understand what to expect from different looks, there's nothing like experience. We spent extra time with the young guys again today. We're looking forward to tomorrow's practice and putting everything together.”
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