Edsall impressed by Veii in first days after move to receiver

August 13, 2014 | WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

On the status of Quinton Jefferson and Perry Hills:

“Quinton will be back out here today with us. His wife was released from the hospital, so he’ll be out here today. She’s doing better. It’s good to have him back out with us. Perry is not here with us today. Other than that, everybody else is out there. We’ve got a couple of guys that have some nicks and things along those lines, but other than that, we’re in pretty good shape.”

 

On Jacquille Veii’s play at Tuesday’s practice:

“I thought Jacquille had a good day yesterday. It is kind of what I expected out of him. Having the opportunity to watch him and do the things that he can do, those were the things that myself and the coaching staff thought he would do and that’s part of the reason that we made the move that we did with him.”

 

On the competition between Jeremiah Johnson and Alvin Hill:

“Just guys that are competing very hard. With the schemes that we play, they’re both going to play. We’ll see how it continues to play out through the rest of preseason camp, but both of them are really competing. J.J. is not showing any signs of issues right now with the leg. We hope that continues. He’s a guy that’s got experience. He knows how to play. He’s a leader. Alvin is just getting better all the time We’ve just got to get him to be a better tackler overall. I’m really pleased with how both of those guys are competing and working.”

 

On the kick and punt returner positions:

“I think there are going to be other things that come into play there. I know we have Stefon [Diggs] who has demonstrated that he can be outstanding in that area. Will [Likely] has demonstrated that he can be very good and I think Taivon [Jacobs] can be very good. I would probably say right now that with punt return that either Stefon or Will would be the guy in that area. I think from a return standpoint, you can throw Taivon into that mix as a kickoff returner along with Stefon and Will. We’ll see how it all plays out, but the good thing is that we have some really good options there to deal with guys that can take the ball the distance in both phases.”

 

On Brandon Ross’ development:

“He’s been out here doing everything, hasn’t missed anything. I hope that continues. Like anything else, the older you get, the more mature you become, the better you handle situations and the better you deal with things. I think that’s been the biggest case with Brandon. Now he’s been in the system three years and he really gets it. He really understands it. He’s more comfortable with the playbook, all those things. Sometimes it takes some time. I wish we could go back to the rule when all the freshmen were ineligible to play because I think just the transition from high school to college, and not only for football but academically, socially maturity and all those things. He’s really come a long way and I’m very proud of how far he’s come.”

 

On the offense at Tuesday’s practice:

“I thought they had probably their best night or best practice that we’ve had so far. Again, it’s one of those things of everything coming together. We’ve still got a lot of work to do, there’s no doubt about that. Now they’ll build on that today and we’ll have a good day today and keep getting one percent better each and every day. If we can do that, we’ll start to get to where we want to be by August 30.”

 

On Damian Prince’s move to guard:

“I told him this morning that I thought he had a pretty good day. It’s not perfect and it’s not going to be perfect, but you saw a guy who almost looked like he felt a little bit more comfortable with that position. I think he’ll be better today. He’s a very coachable young man. He takes corrections very well and he wants to do well. I’m pleased with what I saw for the first day and now what he’s got to do today is work hard to get better and work on those things that Coach Stud [Studrawa] told him that he needs to work on.”

 

On if Spencer Myers’ play has surprised him:

“I wouldn’t say I’m surprised because the young man has played football in high school, and I know it’s different, but having the competitiveness that he has and seen what he’s done as a wrestler, I think those things carryover to the football field. You can see as he’s out here each and every day, he’s getting better. The thing that Spencer gives you is that he’s just relentless. He’s going to just keep attacking you and getting after you. What’s going to happen with him is that every practice he’s out here and every rep he gets he’s going to get better because he’s going to get back into the swing of things with the technique and doing the things you’re supposed to do and understanding everything. I’m very pleased with him so far and I know he’s just going to get better. It wasn’t good that Quinton wasn’t here but it allowed more repetitions for him, which he needs. He had the opportunity to do something and he showed us. Now he’s earned the right to get more repetitions.”

 

On if the receivers responded to his comments at media day:

“I just said what I thought was the truth. If they heard it, I would hope that they would do that because they’re young men who want to do well. Every day is a new day and every practice is a new practice. We’ll see.”

 

On how many true freshmen he thinks will contribute this season:

“I’ll have a better feel once we get through the scrimmage on Saturday and even next Wednesday when we scrimmage. I still want things to play out. Guys still have the opportunity to show what they can do here to see if maybe somebody can develop into a backup that’s got a legitimate shot to get on the field and then a lot will depend on what they can contribute from a special teams standpoint. I’d rather wait until we get through this scrimmage and then maybe not until we get through the next one on Wednesday.”

 

On Matt Gillespie:

“He’s doing a good job. He’s out there competing and doing a good job. Again, just another one of those freshman who’s out here learning each and every day and taking all in and trying to get better.”

 

On Malik Jones;

“I think Malik has done a good job. The one thing I’m pleased with with Malik is kind of twofold. One he’s put on quite a bit of weight since he’s gotten here. He’s stronger and you can see how much he’s grown and developed and picked things up. He’s not anywhere near where he’s going to be. If he continues to work and he continues to be coachable and continues to study and prepare the proper way, he’s got a chance to be a really good defensive end for us. I like his mindset and I like his focus for us. He’s just young and that’s what we do. When we recruited him, we knew he’d be a guy that developed. We saw a guy with work ethic and had the size to him and he’d been able to put on the weight. So far he hasn’t disappointed. Where that ends up for him this year we’ll see. He’s doing all the things that you should be doing to put himself in the hunt to earn playing time.”

 

On the music at practice:

“You’ll see it every day. You do research as a coach and there are things that you want to do. It helps us because of this new system that we purchased just will help us from a practice standpoint when the horns blow and then we want to get started. Plus we wanted to make sure, as I told the kids, with the music it’s just something you can set the kind of music with the type of periods you want where it’s up-tempo. The only thing I said is that there has got to be some country music because if not, we’re not going to this system. When we do special teams, there is country music and that’s the head coach’s special deal. The kids liked it. It helps because we are going to play in front of crowds where there is crowd noise. I think it also helps the focus and the attention and the things you have to do to make them in this day and age to get them going a little bit. It’s not my playlist. If it was my playlist it would probably all be country music and everything else. I’m smart enough to stay away from that. I’ll take advantage of the head coach’s prerogative, but I’m not selecting the playlist. The kids like it. If they don’t like it, I’m sure they’ll say, Coach we’ve got to change some of those songs.

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