(Can you evaluate the offense's play in the scrimmage?)
I thought our first offense really played well and then, understandably, our second offense had their hands full with the first defense. It was good seeing them get some big plays but we were disjointed at times. The threes got good work, too, and I thought a couple of the running backs did some good things.
More after the jump.
(Does playing on a junior high surface replicate the joint-strengthening of the Leach Beach?)
I'm not sure because I'll tell you this is literally the softest surface that anybody will ever play on at any level, other than if they're throwing a football around on a beach because this is the softest surface ever. And it's also a slow surface. It will feel pretty fast when they get back to Pullman.
(Do you expect the receivers to outperform the younger defensive backs?)
I don't know, I mean they're talented but I think our defensive backs are quick and aggressive so it's been good. Receiver is probably our most experienced position but I thought our DBs played good. They rally to the ball good and this time of year if you run backwards to the ball all the time instead of forwards you're a little worn out. It will take a toll on them quicker than it will the receivers.
(Is this your best group of receivers?)
Since we've been here, yeah, it's just a better group. A lot of them are the same guys but they've got a season under their belts, at least.
(Do you think of Wicks as a north-south running back?)
He can get the perimeter pretty quick, too. Both (runs) bounced, once he broke it he was north-south, you want everybody to do that, heck, you want all of them to be north-south guys. I know it's flashy to watch these guys do this (zig-zags with hand) all the time but it's all a bunch of junk and typically that's a guy running inefficiently. He may be a very talented guy but he's a very talented guy running inefficiently. Wicks has done a really good job of getting to the edge fast and then turning it up.
He broke a tackle on that long one. He stuck the one guy and shaved off his hip and broke that tackle. Otherwise it's, I don't know how many, five or six yards so that's what made him get all of it and then he just happens to be blessed to be faster than most people and once he gets rolling he's fast.
(If there was one trait the team has improved in since you've been what would that be?)
It would be mentally, being more competitive and playing together, harder. You know, valuing individual plays and playing hard together and understanding you're doing it for the guys next to you rather than all this big picture crap and just focus on the play, the more plays you can stack up together. Those collectively are going to sum up what you are and so I think the focus on that.