2001 Pre-Season Football Update
Aug. 21, 2001
Stanford, Calif. - On day four of Stanford's fall practice preparations, first-year wide receivers Trent Miles talked about the benefits of experience, how to replace one of the top wide outs in school history and his thoughts on how camp is going.
Trent Miles on the differences between collegiate and professional football: The honest truth, I don't coach them any differently.
On replacing DeRonnie Pitts: We need to spread the ball around and develop a guy that's going to be able to step up and make big plays. You have to utilize everybody's talents and put them in position to be successful.
On the first few days of double-days practices: I like what I see. I see a lot of good effort, I think we're making a lot more plays than we did all spring. I see the willingness to work, and I'm seeing some guys step to the front to try and be leaders, and that's what we're looking for.
On the benefits of having Randy Fasani back as QB: You can't replace experience and Randy has experience. That's the key because now you have someone out there who can take control of the huddle and be the leader and get guys in the positions they need to be in. Nothing replaces experience.
On the experienced wide receivers helping the younger players: We need somebody to step up, take control and be a leader. I think I'm spotting a couple of guys who are trying to do that. That's the only way for the young guys to learn. You can coach them all you want, but they still need to have that mentor that is an older guy who's out there doing it more than them. That's what we're trying to get to. We're trying to get the young guys out there to watch them and learn from them and for the experienced guys to spend time with the young guys.
On looking for a deep threat: It's a guy who's just going to be able to make a play. You don't have to have great speed. I coached Antonio Freeman [in Green Bay] last year, and he's not the fastest guy in the world, but he can take it and go 80 [yards] because he knows how to play the game, he knows where to be, he knows where the ball is going to be.