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Postgame Quotes 2022 Spring Game

Apr 23, 2022
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Kyle Whittingham, Head Coach

Opening Statement…
"We had good competition out on the field today. It was a great way to end spring football. We had an excellent spring, and we were able to stay healthy. We had a lot of guys making plays today, which was great to see. It was great to see Ja'Quinden Jackson and Bryson Barnes get extended work today, and they made the most of it. Our young players played well and showed us what they were capable of doing on the football field. We have a bunch of capable young players. We need to springboard this into our summer conditioning program."
 
On the battle for the backup quarterback spot…
"We will have a better idea after looking at the film. I couldn't tell you by seeing it firsthand out there. They both did some outstanding things. Ja'Quinden Jackson has made a ton of progress since getting here, and he is starting to become a guy that looks like a quality quarterback. Bryson Barnes made some big plays too. We hope to have an order heading into fall camp, but if it's a dead heat still, it's a dead heat. We know Cameron Rising is our guy, and we have to continue to work those guys behind him."
 
On how he felt Cameron Rising played on his opening drive…
"He was very smooth out there. He was sharp. You saw Devaughn Vele catch a few balls from him, and they have started developing a good chemistry together. We had a few receivers who didn't play today, and we have a few coming in this summer that we will add to the receiver group. What Cam did was what we had hoped and expected. He came in and engineered a touchdown drive and made it look easy, and that was his day's work."
 
On Devaughn Vele stepping up…
"It's big. It's big for Cam to have a guy that you have great chemistry with, and Solomon Enis is another guy that he has good chemistry with on the field. If Devaughn can stay healthy and continue to make plays, the plays he made all spring long, and carry that over to fall camp and into the season, he could have a big year for us."
 
#7 Cameron Rising, QB

On how it was to play today, and how he felt the other quarterbacks did…
"It was fun. It was a great drive, and I am glad we got to get it in, go and get into the endzone. Bryson Barnes and Ja'Quinden Jackson did a great job of making sure the team was going in the right direction, and there are always some things you have to clean up, but they are on their way."
 
On the wide receiver progression…
"They are coming along, and they are doing a great job and making sure they are attacking the ball and being aggressive. They are taking ownership in winning the one-on-one battles, which is why they have gotten so much better over the past few weeks and owned everything they've got going."

#1 Jaylon Glover, RB

On how it felt to play in today's game…
"It felt good. I am happy to play with the guys and go against the guys that we have been going against all spring. I am glad we got to put it all together to show the fans that we came to play. I had fun and had a great time."

#8 Cole Bishop, S

On how he felt the defense performed today…
"In the first half, the white teams' defense was playing well as we were making plays, and we gave up one touchdown in the first half, but other than that, we were playing well, making tackles; we just need to make sure we cut down on the mistakes."

On where he feels he is with his game…
"I feel I had a pretty good spring. I definitely progressed. Last year I got a lot of experience at the end of the year, but there is still a lot to work on. I am trying to work on building off of last season and keep going."

#20 Lander Barton, LB

On how he felt getting to play today…
"Today was fun. It was a lot of fun. We have been waiting for this all spring. I was excited to get out there and end the spring right and take advantage of all my reps. Today was a good day."