Edsall pleased to get “good news” about Brown eligibility

April 09, 2013 | WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall


Opening statement:

“I’ve been pleased with what’s taken place out here for the 13 practices. I think we’re getting accomplished what we need to get accomplished. Are we where we want to be or need to be right now? No. Have we made strides from where we were when we started? Yeah, I think we’ve made big strides. Now what our guys have to do when we get done on Friday and start the offseason program, they’ve got to do strength and conditioning and also really get focused in on learning everything. They need to go watch all the practices and cut-ups and get better for when we come in on August 4 so that when we start practice on the 5th, we’re better than we finish here on Friday night.”


On linebacker Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil:

“He’s made an impression upon the coaches since he got here. He made an impression last year on the scout team and it’s carried over here to the spring practice. He’s a guy that’s going to figure in plans for us on defense in certain packages. He’s also made Marcus Whitfield a better player because Marcus knows he has to come out here and perform and work hard every day because he’s got a guy who’s out here breathing really heavily on the back of his neck. I’ve been very impressed with [Yannick]. The other thing with him, he brings a work ethic to the team that is infectious. It helps the other guys to know that. They see him out here and what he’s doing. It’s very easy to understand why because of the work that he’s put in and the time he spends watching film to make himself better.”


On defensive backs Sean Davis and A.J. Hendy:

“That’s been really good competition. Both of them have had their moments this spring. That’s not something that’s going to be decided until fall camp, for sure. The good thing is both of them have skills and abilities to be able to help us. Now it’s just a matter, as we continue to go. They’ve both made improvements but we’ll see how they compete, how they do over the summer and what they’ll do when they get back here in August. It probably won’t be definitive until we get to games.”


On placekicker Brad Craddock:

“It’s like today: he started off OK and then when he gets himself to where he kicks a little too fast and overkicks it, then he’s got problems. When you tell him. ‘Brad, relax. Nice and easy.’ And then he relaxes. That’s just something we’re going to have to continue to work on, continue to drill in his head to keep his line and kick it nice and easy. If he does that, he’s very good. It’s when he strays from that that he has his issues.”


On quarterback C.J. Brown’s eligibility:

“It’s really good news, and I feel good for him. I’m glad we got that taken care of now, and that’s something we don’t have to worry about. When I pulled him out of the meeting and told him, he was thrilled and excited about it.”



On Brown’s progress through spring:

“I think he’s made tremendous progress from the first day he came out and did 7-on-7. He was very tentative and he wasn’t driving off that back leg. You could see today, it was like night and day from the first day he did 7-on-7 to now. He’s got that confidence back and you can see that he’s been studying and working and he does things that you want out of a quarterback. I see improvement now, and what needs to happen is he just needs to get better. He’ll be able to do more as he improves.”