Dennis Erickson comments on Friday's Scrimmage.

April 13, 2001

The following comments are from Head Coach Dennis Erickson following Friday's 91-play scrimmage at Reser Stadium.

Thoughts on the Scrimmage.

'The enthusiasm was good. I thought defensively we ran around and made a lot of plays, which is what we need to do to be successful. There was a tremendous amount of enthusiasm, and I thought our veteran players performed well.

We have a lot of work to do on both side of the ball, but I'm pretty happy with what I saw in the first scrimmage.'

About the hitting.

'I thought there were some great hits out today, that is what the game is all about. Defensively we have a chance to be very good --- we do have some spots to fill, and I'll evaluate those positions tomorrow (Saturday) when I look at the tape.

On the Offense

'I thought we did some good things, but we need to be more consistent running the ball. Adam Rothenfluh played well today at quarterback, he executed very well. Nick Stremick did some good things today, and for the most part our running backs looked good.'

On the Receivers

'This is a key area for this team, and I'm pleased to see our receiving corps step up of late. James Newson, Mike Payton, Shawn Kintner, and Seth Trimmer are all doing some nice things. Our younger guys have also shown they can play, so we'll see how that evolves.'

The backup quarterback position.

'I really couldn't make a decision right now about the backup quarterback position, we've only practiced seven times. Shayne (House) is still bothered by his shoulder - the injury has healed, but he has only about 50 percent strength in it. He actually did some nice things today, but he really needs to get stronger in his shoulder, hopefully he'll be at full strength by fall practice.'

The hits on the quarterback.

'The scrimmage was live on the quarterback, I have to find out who can move. We wouldn't have been live if Jonathan (Smith) would have been in there, he has proven himself. We need to find out who can move at quarterback and who is going to be our second guy, the only way we can find that out is for them to scrimmage live.'

On Ken Simonton being in the scrimmage.

'I think he can play. I try to keep him out of there, but he wants to be in there competing. Our problem is we have only three healthy running backs right now. I probably wouldn't have Ken or Patrick (McCall) in there as much as I do right now typically, but we really have no choice. I'm going to try to cut their repetitions back if possible.'

Injury Report: Junior free safety Luke Scott broke his right fibula in Friday's scrimmage and will miss the season.

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