Mike Riley Comments About Tuesday's Scrimmage
Aug. 12, 2003
The following are comments from head coach Mike Riley after Tuesday situational scrimmage at Prothro Field.
Q. Was it your goal to have the reserves take a bulk of the snaps in the scrimmage?
A. 'What we wanted to do was get the first unit guys in some situations - first-and-10, third-and-two, that type of thing - basically, get them to run a few plays. We had the first unit run 15 to 20 plays. We had a fairly long practice before we even started to scrimmage, so I just wanted that first unit to be able to finish a few plays - get some tackling in.'
Q. General impressions of what you saw today?
A. One thing I wanted to do was have the officials here today and see how we lineup - watch for offside penalties, procedures, are our alignments correct -- all those types of things. I wanted to make sure we were doing everything by the rules.'
Q. How is Aric Williams progressing?
A. 'I have seen a lot of progress. Aric (Williams) sprained his ankle the other day - he missed one day, and then he was back yesterday. He looked very good yesterday and today. He's playing with confidence and I like how he is performing.'
Q. Alvin Smith did not play with the first unit, was there a reason for that?
A. 'Alvin will be in the mix with the first unit; rather he starts or not is yet to be determined. We also have Sir Henry Anderson battling for starting duties, so that position will have to play out during camp. Both of those guys are going to play a lot of football this season. Ben Siegert has also made a lot of improvement while both of those guys were sidelined; he could also find some playing time.'
Q. You had a couple of reserve receivers play well today, can you comment on the play of some of those individuals.
A. 'Mike Hass has had an outstanding camp right from the very first day. We are looking for depth within the receivers, and he certainly is a factor in that aspect, but he could possibly earn a starting spot. Mike is every bit as competitive for a starting spot as anyone else.'
Q. What are your thoughts about this camp?
A. 'I'm pleased overall. Our defense at times overwhelms the offense with their speed. Our offense has been stifled a little bit working against the first unit defense - that unit is quick. There are a lot of pluses to that as well, so I'm not really worried about the offense. The offense is working against very good speed and quickness, and that helps you get better.'