March 30 Practice Report (3-30-04)
On today's practice:
GD: "Obviously we were a little rusty in transition going from drill to drill because we haven't practiced in a while. That's one criticism. The other would be we have to get the thirds (third team) used to working a little bit. They're not used to working like that. Thirds are going to get some reps, not a ton, but they have to understand they're not always going to be thirds, and they need to work a little better. But that's just coaching, and we have to get them to do that.
"I thought it was a good day. We have 15 practices, and it's like a record or scoreboard, and you can count today as one good one. You just have to make sure every time you go out you can count it as a good one. That's one good one in the bank, and we just want to keep putting them in the bank."
On the NCAA recruiting reform proposals:
GD: "My take is what they're proposing will certainly cutdown any incidents. There's half as much chance as anything negative happening in one night rather than two. If you keep them on-campus, there's less chance of anything happening. I think it's a significant overreaction. I think the people we are ignoring are the families and prospects who throughout the years have used the experience as a positive one. If you take a young person and a family and you want to expose them to their institution, two days is better than one. More good things can happen in two days than one day. I prefer we make the rules based on the good families and the people who have been part of the recruiting process who have done a good job with it."
On the team's senior leadership:
GD: "Any time you have good leadership it helps you in anything you do. Just the fact we have 21 seniors doesn't mean we have good leadership. We certainly have an opportunity as we go forward to have good leadership by the virtue of the numbers. I'm hoping this class does a good job with leadership. I think they're trying their best and are off to a good start. If in fact they do prove their worth in leadership, it will certainly help with the transition of coaches along with everything else we do."
Senior Quarterback Matt LoVecchio:
On being back on the field:
ML: "It feels good after working hard all winter with the weights and training to just finally play football again and to be out on the field with the coaches and all of the guys."
On what he accomplished in the off-season:
ML: "I tried to put some more weight on and get stronger. I just have to maintain that throughout spring practice and stay healthy."
On having everyone on the field:
ML: "When we get out here with the coaches and have everyone here at once, and we're doing our schemes and getting coached up, the intensity goes up a little bit. Everyone's ability really comes out."
On looking forward to spring practice:
ML: "I do look forward to it. It's the start to our 2004 season. Our coaches our saying what we do today we can never get back and just leave it all out on the field and work as hard as we can."
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