Practice interviews are up. Enjoy.
Some good commentary on Kenny Pickett and the O Line here. Yes it’s typical positivity from the ‘Duzz but for some reason this year I believe him. Okay well actually I believe him every year, but I believe him more this year.
Still one of the best interviews on the staff. Very good and what I believe to be true information on the state of the offensive line. Form your own conclusions though. Here is Borbley after practice 18 last fall. His second sentence is “We still have along way to go.” I’m not hearing that this year. Also noteworthy at about 4:30, he goes through all the young backups (who are now potential starters).
Man is he good at saying stuff without staying stuff. Clearly he’s got more confidence. Clearly he’s focused on the season. Gosh I hope his maturity shows through on the field.
Carter has some swag. Houy is just a humble dude. They are both who they are, which is what you want.
Honey Badger 2. I’m just going to start calling him that right now. If course if the hype isn’t real this name won’t stick…
Original Honey Badger video – for all you old timers this was a youtube viral phenomenon several years ago.
Tyrann Mathieu (LSU Safety) the original “Honey Badger” Highlights. The video is little bit overproduced, but I’m sure there is some football in there somewhere.
Head Coach Pat Narduzzi Transcript
“As you can see, we’re going with a 20-minute walkthrough in the morning instead of a 10-minute walkthrough just to give the guys more work on the field and work on the details. That is a little bit of a change the last four days. I was happy with yesterday’s practice. I challenged the guys, and they came out yesterday and really played well. Obviously, I challenged them and our coaches to do it again today. We have an hour and a half, and we have to go. We have work to do. Don’t look back and say, “I wish I would have.’ I’m happy with where we are.”
On Kenny Pickett’s progress:
“I’m happy. Yesterday, he was throwing the ball on time. We had a blitz period yesterday. Our defense has been pretty good at blitzing, but our offense picked up all the blitzes. He got the ball out quick. There was one play yesterday where he was looking to the left, didn’t see what he liked and went all the way back and threw a dart to Taysir Mack on the comeback. That was big time. I’m happy with where he is. Ultimately the test is on August 31st and every Saturday thereafter.”
On why that play is a positive sign of growth for Pickett:
“It’s a great sign. First of all, he’s throwing the ball on time, making quicker decisions. That all takes time to do. I don’t think that’s something that every freshman quarterback comes out with. That’s probably the hardest thing as a quarterback to do, have trust in your receivers that they’re going to turn around. He threw the ball before the receiver came out of his break. Those are all things that take time.”
On his confidence in Carter Warren at left tackle:
“Carter has done a great job all camp. We sit in staff meetings and talk personnel every single evening. Carter has not come up like, ‘What is he doing? Can we survive over there? Is Kenny going to get hit?’ We’ve got faith in Carter right now. But for everyone out there, we can have faith in practice, and I’ve got faith coming into the evening of August 31st. But then the test comes. That’s the great thing. We get to go see what we’ve got.”
On Kylan Johnson and the battle for time at linebacker:
“Kylan Johnson is doing a great job. I think him and Chase Pine are still battling it out. I didn’t expect there to be a decision today or tomorrow or yesterday. Kylan and Chase are fighting it. Phil [Campbell] and Cam Bright are fighting it. Another guy that I’m impressed with is Leslie Smith. This guy has not hit the wall yet. Most freshmen are like, ‘boom!’ He has not hit a wall mentally yet. He’s still engaged. He’s still having fun. He’s not like, ‘oh my gosh.’ That guy is maybe one of the most impressive freshmen so far, just the way he’s hung in there and really gotten a lot of reps.”
On how much he dictates what new offensive coordinator Mark Whipple does:
“It’s the structure of practice and knowing that we want to run the football, obviously; that’s about the extent of it. Coach Whipple is going to run the offense. I take that from my old Michigan State days. You learn from who you’ve been around. If Coach Dantonio would have meddled with me, it would have hurt me. I couldn’t have called a great defense. I’ve learned to let those guys coach. Even on defense, I give my little tips because I’m capable of that. On the offensive side of the ball, I’ll give my things about what hurts a defense. If they want to do it, that’s great; if they don’t want to, that’s great, too. Offensively, Whipple’s going to run it. It’s his show.”
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