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Aug. 5, 2013

Linebacker Coach Mike Cox
On the leadership of the linebacker corps…
“We have some great leaders within this group with Tre Walker, Blake Slaughter and Jonathan Truman. Those guys have shown great leadership through the spring and summer and have done a really good job of being good leaders.”

On replacing Arthur Brown…
“One thing they cannot do is try to compare themselves to Arthur (Brown). They each do different things and have their different strengths, so that is what they have to do. They just need to play to their strengths. They have a lot of football knowledge and good instincts. They are very smart players and as long as they rely on that, they will do just fine.”

On the key returning players…
“Some of these guys have played a lot of football around here. Tre (Walker) has played a lot, Blake Slaughter has played a lot and Jonathan Truman has played a lot, so they might not have been starters last year, but they are all experienced. I feel good about those guys.”

Wide Receivers Coach Andre Coleman
On Tramaine Thompson…
“Tramaine is a vital part of our offense. He does all of the little things. He is a competitor. He is tough. He is a kid that just makes plays. He worked hard throughout the spring, he worked hard during the summer and he is doing well in camp, so when you do all of those things, it is not a surprise when you have success and I expect him to have some.”

On having bigger wideouts…
“Torrell (Miller), Kyle Klein, along with Deante Burton have some size to them. Like I told those guys, they have to be able to use that size to their advantage. Most defensive backs that they go against, they are going to have a size advantage against them, so I have been trying to teach them how to utilize that and use their size to their advantage.”

On his coaching methods…
“I just try to coach them to be the best receivers that they can be. From my experience at the college level and my experience in the NFL and being around the game, if I see something that they can be better, I coach them on that.”

Associate Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator Sean Snyder
On what it takes to be a good returner…
“Obviously, speed, but also having a feel and a presence about themselves. Just knowing where there is pressure coming and being able to read and react on a moment’s notice, just as a quarterback sits in the pocket and feels the backside pressure coming. That is one of the main things, especially with punt returners. They have got to have great vision and they have got to be able to see what is coming around them. With kickoff return, there is a little bit more space where they have to see. There is a lot of field vision and decision making that those guys have to possess.”

On senior Tramaine Thompson and junior Tyler Lockett…
“There a lot of similarities. Lockett has great straight-line speed, which helps him out a great deal on kickoff return. Tramaine is really good with punt return because he is able to pick up that guys who is flying right up on top of him very quickly. He has got a really good sense of awareness around him. He does an incredible job of picking up blocks and he does a great job of handling the guys who fly through. Those two guys have great ability to catch and run with the ball and are able to see down the field and great at finding holes. They are both great players.”

Defensive Coordinator/Secondary Coach Tom Hayes
On the returning talent of the secondary…
“Randall Evans played in the nickel all last year, so he was on the field all of the time. In the conference that we play in and the speed of the receivers that we see, we played nickel a good bit, so he is out there a ton. He is doing well. Kip Daily is another guy like that. He had a good spring and he is a good leader. He is a senior who has already graduated. I am proud of him and hopefully he can help us this year.”

On replacing last year’s starters…
“We had two starting cornerbacks here for the past two years and those guys are gone, so hopefully that creates opportunities for some other guys on this squad. They are all competing like crazy right now to try to get those jobs and we will see how training camp plays out.”

Co-Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs and Tight Ends Coach Dana Dimel
On the progress of Daniel Sams and Jake Waters…
“We do so much in the summers here and they do so much on their own, we always see a big step in fall camp. But I have seen an even bigger step this summer, just three practices in, so I have been very pleased with where they are. We throw it all in. We have an insertion schedule but at first, we throw it all in. Two more days from now, they are going to have our whole package, which is twice as much as what most people have, so they are absorbing it pretty quickly.”

On Daniel Sams’ role in the offense…
“Daniel is going to have a role. Whether he is starting or not, he is going to play. He is not going to sit and watch, and I am talking about playing at quarterback. Whoever wins it out, the other guys has got to be ready, so that is the biggest thing. The past two years, we have not had that luxury.  We have kind of been on pins and needles the past two years, where if the first guy goes down, the drop off is huge. Now if the first guy goes down, it is not going to be a huge difference and that is very important."

On the status of the starting quarterback spot…
“They are both working right now and they are both doing things well enough, where I could see them both bringing something to the table to help us win football games.”

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