Edsall says WR Long “week to week” with back injury

August 09, 2013 | WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall



On current injuries:

“Deon [Long] hurt his back. We’re still evaluating him. He’ll be week-to-week. Joe Riddle got hit in the head. He’s day-to-day. [Tyler] Cierski has a calf strain so he’s day-to-day. I believe that’s it. Other guys are working back into things. Those are the three we have right now.”


On today’s practice:

“I thought we got some good things done. Today the offense kind of got the better of the defense a little bit. It’s still early in camp with all the installation going in on both sides of the ball. But the guys are really working hard, that’s the thing I’m pleased about it. The execution has gotten better each day. The first five days we throw everything at them. After today we will start to go back and go over things. They’ve had a lot thrown at them. I thought they’ve handled it pretty well.”


On Mike Madaras working his way back:

“We got the NCAA rules. He was out in here in no pads today. Tuesday he’ll be back in full pads. He’s stayed in good condition. Once we get him into helmet and shoulders pads, then we’ll put him into all the team drills and everything else. I think he’ll work back in really quickly.”


On C.J. Brown’s progression:

“The thing I’ve been pleased with is I haven’t seen any ill effects from him from the standpoint of running, cutting, or him not feeling comfortable with his knee. And again what has to happen just like with any quarterbacks or receivers, they need some time to develop some togetherness, some timing, and that’s starting to come along with each practice. He’s moving really well. He could always be better and he will be better, but again it’s just that process we have to go through with him getting that timing back with the receivers.”


On Shane Cockerille and his first week of camp:

“His head is spinning, typical freshman, just like most of them out there. Shane is talented, he’s got a good arm, smart, takes control of the huddle. With all the stuff we throw in, in five days, he’s doing the doggy paddle, trying to stay afloat.”


On the competition at quarterback:

“We’ve kind of switched the reps back and forth as we went this week between C.J., Ricardo, and Perry. We’ll have a better idea after we get through scrimmage tomorrow afternoon and as we get into next week. All three of them are competing, want to be the guy, and we’ll see how it all plays out based on their performance.”


On Quinton Jefferson’s development:

“He had a chance to play towards the end of the year last year, he’s developed more confidence and he’s gotten stronger. His body is different right now. But I think he gets its, he understands what you have to do in order to be successful at this level. It’s how hard you work on the field, and how hard you work in the weight room, it’s doing all the little things right. His maturity and confidence level has risen for him which is good to see. He’s in better condition this year than he was a year ago. I’ve been pleased with his progress, but he’s still got a lot of work to do to get to the level that his god given ability will allow.”


On freshmen Jacquille Veii and Jarrett Ross:

“Jacquille is having a really good camp. He’s doing extremely well. I’ve been very impressed with him, and his ability to run the ball. He’s done a pretty good job from understanding and executing all the things he’s got to execute. It will be interesting to see as we get a little bit more into some of the pass game stuff in terms of protections and all those things, but he’s a very talented runner. And Jarrett you see a guy out there who’s doing the things he’s supposed to do – very conscientious, good ball skills – somebody that works at it. We’ll see if he can break into the depth factor or if he could be a guy that could possibly help us on special teams or redshirt.”


On pulling the team aside during practice:

“All of our guys are very, very competitive. But when you’re in situations where were thudding and not taking guys to the ground and we had one there where Cheese (Tyrek Cheesboro) went deep and Isaac [Goins] got beat, was probably frustrated he got beat, then he went in and wasn’t in a position to really thud the guy up and took him down. I know injuries are part of this game and we’ve done a much better job this year than the two previous years. But we’ve got to take care of each other. When we’re thudding we don’t leave our feet, we don’t cut block on the offensive line, and we don’t take guys down. But when we go live, we’re cutting and doing everything. I just brought them together and tried to remind them let’s take care of each other and lets not do something foolish where someone could get hurt because someone got frustrated because they didn’t make a play or whatever.”


On the improvement of the kicking game from the first practice: 

We were inconsistent today. Down there in the red, and tight red when we had the opportunities for field goals, the extra points were good, but then when we went out there, it’s just a matter of getting them to come out here and all of a sudden there’s wind, a little sunny out, might be a young lady in a bikini over there or something. They get distracted too easily. They got to come out here and think there’s nothing here and they think that because the wind is blowing they have to compensate too much here. Brad’s [Craddock] just got to kick the ball. He’s got a good enough leg. We got to keep working between the ears. Nate’s [Renfro] has been consistent. Today, when we were just warming up, he had a couple bad ones, but again the same thing, ‘Oh the wind, come on guys your old enough now, let’s stop worrying about those things, still go put the ball through the upright.’”


On Andre Monroe:

“Andre’s competing in there with Roman [Braglio] and Zeke [Riser] to see who’s getting playing time there. He’s in better shape than he was. He’s getting a little bit better. He’s got to keep improving, but hasn’t showed any signs of slowing down because of the injury. He looks the best he’s looked in the three years that I’ve seen him.”