Riley Meets The Press

Aug. 17, 2004

MIKE RILEY - COMMENTS AFTER AUGUST 17 SCRIMMAGE(On the competition between Dwight Wright, Yvenson Bernard and Ryan Cole at running back) 'Nobody has separated; I don't know that we need that. I know we need certain strengths - we need somebody who can for sure play on third down and catch the ball and pass protect, then we need good runners on first and second down, primarily. We need the production.'(On the placekicking job) 'It's really day to day. Somebody makes the play one day or doesn't make the play ... it's too hard to separate that right now.'(On the competition at left guard) 'We've moved some people. Josh Linehan has moved to left guard, Jeremy Perry we moved over there. Through the whole thing, I would think that in the next few days we'd be able to solidify at least some depth - maybe not the starter, but the depth - of who is going to stay there and play. It concerns me a little bit that we don't know, but it's better; we're trying to get the best players out there.'(Do you feel better about the wide receivers?) 'I'm encouraged. I know better than to think it's solved, because you only solve it once you start producing in games. But I do feel better about what we see right now.'(What was the highlight of the scrimmage for you?) 'I thought until the third teams got in there, it was pretty clean - there weren't penalties, it was pretty good football. We operated with our shifts and motions without any calls, and I'd asked the officials to call that pretty closely. I thought some guys made some plays in that. We made some plays in the red zone against our defense, and I think that's hard against our defense. I thought we did a pretty good job. That's probably what stands out.'(On wide receiver Kevin Swanigan's status and whether you expect to have him back at some point) 'I don't know. He's out with a deal that's unrelated to football, and the return time is undetermined or to be determined.' (But he's not a scratch yet?) 'No, I wouldn't say he's out of the program - he's just out of the running.'(On the first team offense in the first two series) 'Derek (Anderson, quarterback) came out and it looked crisp, and I like that. Putting that group together, that's where most of our new faces are coming from on our team, so it's paramount that we get that thing feeling efficient.'



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