Comments from Coach Mike Riley Following the April 19 Scrimmage

April 19, 2003

Corvallis, Ore. - Comments from head coach Mike Riley after Saturday's approximate 70-play scrimmage (April 19) at Reser Stadium:

Q. What are your overall impressions of today's scrimmage?

A. 'It was pretty sloppy today. It was probably our roughest day of the spring in terms of execution, and I'm not exactly sure why. We did mix a lot of things in, played a lot of people, worked on some situational things, and we ran about 70 plays - I think maybe some guys were tired at the end. But, it was good to be in the stadium today; we have been practicing a lot indoors. I think we learned some things today with regards to turnovers and penalties, it was pretty apparent that those mistakes will cost us games. We have to eliminate those mistakes, and we will.'

Q. Several of your starters were held out during the scrimmage. What was your philosophy?

A. 'Derek Anderson, for example, played a lot in the situational settings. He has worked a lot this spring. Steven Jackson has carried the ball a ton during his career, so I'm not sure how much more work or tackles he needs. Plus, we needed to look at other people and get them some time.'

Q. Do you know how you are going to set up the spring game?

A. 'The plan is to have the first unit offense play against the first unit defense to start, and then go from there. We'll work on some special teams things as well. We will try to make it as much of a game format as we can.'

Q. What is developing in terms of starters being recognized?

A. 'It's a little too early to talk about battles for starting positions. There is some good competition and that will probably carry into the fall; there is no need to make any decisions about that right now. I like what I see and the staff will just let the guys continue to play and see what develops.'

Q. Are you pleased with how the things have gone overall this spring?

A. 'It didn't look like football at times today, but overall it has. There has been a lot of progress in just learning the system and growing. I'm disappointed that somebody like Jayson Boyd is hurt right now, we need to work with him and see how he develops as we go into the fall. I'm hoping Jayson will be able to practice next week and make some progress.'

Note: Linebacker Jason Lowe sustained a sprained knee Saturday. His status for next week is unclear at this time.

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