OC Locksley says Terps only using “50 percent” of playbook with Petty under center

November 14, 2012 | WNST Staff

University of Maryland Quotes

Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley

 

On Kevin Dorsey’s career and dealing with change:

“I can tell you this, I’m proud of the way Kevin [Dorsey] has handled all the changes that have taken place. I know this year with the different guys that have been behind center for us he’s kind of been the one consistent force out there on the perimeter. Statistically it may not show, but he does a lot of the little things that you want out of a senior. I couldn’t be more proud of Kevin. Of all those seniors, obviously their last opportunity to play here at home, I’m sure it will be emotional for those guys. I can’t thank those guys enough for fighting through some adversity on the offensive side of the ball. They’ve had to deal with quite a lot, and they’ve come in each week and worked diligently to continue to go out and try to find ways to win ball games. I expect the same this week.”

 

On the difficulty of continuing to get adjusted to new quarterbacks:

“Offensive football is timing and spacing. It’s built on that, and when a guy comes in that they haven’t been playing with, there’s a reason they do so much stuff in the offseason with quarterbacks to develop the timing. For those guys it’s been an adjustment, and they’ve  taken it, they’ve made the most of it, and they’ve continued to come out no matter who’s out there. We talk about maybe having to make a tough catch because it’s not always going to be necessarily where you think it will be. Kevin has been one of those guys, Matt Furstenberg, Devonte Campbell, [Ryan] Schlothauer, all those guys have taken it in stride.”

 

On running the ball outside with Brandon Ross:

“I think anytime you can run the ball outside, It helps with the numbers you see in the box. That’s where perimeter blocking becomes a major factor. That’s how a guy like Kevin Dorsey has made his mark this year for us as a blocker. It takes pressure off the quarterback in the zone read game, some of the things we do because there is a threat of the ball hitting the perimeter. [Brandon Ross] has the ability to make some plays for us.”

 

On if they’re using around 50 percent of the playbook:

“That’s what coach said and that’s exactly what the number is. I know this we’re doing what Shawn [Petty] is capable of executing. I know that for all of us receivers, myself as a coach, often times once you get in the game plan, a lot of the creativity of wanting to do things that you think or know has a chance to be successful against an opponent, you’ve to tempo it down. You’ve got to go back and continue to ask yourself the question, ‘Can Shawn execute it?’ It’s not taking anything away from Shawn’s abilities because had he been a guy that’s been with us throughout the spring, through the fall, and all the eight weeks of practices we had prior to him playing, I think there’s a lot of things he can accomplish with his skill set. It’s so unfair to throw a playbook on a freshman quarterback that’s had three weeks to play the position. To give ourselves a chance to win, unfortunately you have to narrow it and focus it down to the bare minimum with enough to try and win the game. I’m sure like I told our receivers and all those guys, we have to do whatever it takes to try to win.  We have to do whatever our quarterback is capable of executing first and foremost, and that’s kind of been what we followed with the use of all those different guys that have played. It doesn’t always allow you to do the things you want to do, but you do what you can do.”

 

On if he’s been forced to be more creative than he has been in his career:

“I’d venture to say we haven’t been very creative with what we’ve done. We’re trying to do what our quarterback can get accomplished, but you also have to have enough to win the ball game. The big thing is what have you shown on tape, and how can you make it look different while doing the same things. That’s kind of the approach we have to take. We have to self-scout and say hey here’s what we’re doing, this is what they’re seeing, this is what they’re preparing for. But on the flip side of it, it’s not just getting us ready for what we can do against them, they change because all of a sudden you have a quarterback that they think isn’t a thrower. You want to run the ball to help him and now you have these creative run blitzes and eight, nine, 10 guys up at the box. They’re going to force us to throw the ball, and I think Shawn’s capable of making those plays, and I think we just have to continue to build it and give him the preparation he needs to be successful in doing some of those things.”

 

On if they’ll throw the ball more with Shawn now that he’s played in some games:

“Again, it’s not necessarily just his growth, it’s the protection. Unfortunately for Shawn, we’ve gone against some of the top defenses in our league. He’s moving forward, we’re getting better each week with him. Whether we’ll throw it more. We’re going to do whatever it takes to win the ball game. If the call is for throwing the ball more, that’s what we’ll do.”

 

On preparing for Florida State and the protection schemes:

“Well, protection obviously the most important thing we do. For us to have any chance to win, we can’t turn the ball over. If there’s been a thing that’s kind of gotten at me, regardless of your experience, the point of emphasis we’ve put on Shawn or any of the guys that touch the ball for us is we’ve got to take care of the football and give ourselves a chance to win by playing good smart sound football. We haven’t done that.”

 

Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart

 

On the defensive seniors playing in their final home game:

“You really tip your hat off to these guys. They could very well be disappointed, and just say ‘wow look what happened to my senior season.’ But, that’s not what they’ve done. They’ve done a good job of just playing hard, fast, and everyone has bought in 100 percent. I’m pretty proud of them, each and every one of them, for their effort up and down throughout the season and how they’ve handled it.”

 

On how much of a struggle it’s been for Kenny Tate:

“You know we know he’s not 100 percent, but he gives us 100 percent. We’re very proud of his effort, and respect what he’s done on the field for us. I don’t know how close to 100 percent he is, or how far away, that would be something he and the doctors would have to tell you. I really have to applaud his effort, just day in and day out wanting to be there with his teammates and giving us 100 percent on every down that he’s out there.”

 

On Matt Robinson’s return last week:

“The timing of the game is what changes when you miss [games]. The more he went back out there, the game slowed down for him. Not that he made any mistakes, I’m not saying that, I just think he had an opportunity to play fast once the game evolved.”

 

On the play of L.A Goree:

“I agree with coach, I think a lot of times what happens is when you’re a backup at practice, you get a smaller amount of plays vs. the starter. So when you play behind [Demetrius] Hartsfield who doesn’t come off the field, at practice Hartsfield gets all the plays. So you’re not going to be at the same game shape as Hartsfield. I think that’s what caught up with L.A. [Goree] was that he just wasn’t in the same game shape he needed to be in. I think this week of practice should serve him well in that aspect.”

 

On the play of Florida State’s offense:

“I think EJ [Manuel] is playing lights out with the ball in his hand and throwing the ball down field. He has a great supporting cast to throw to. I haven’t seen anybody cover [Rashad] Greene yet, he’s still running in touchdowns. So, offensively, even though they’re missing their running back, they still have [James] Wilder, and have guys that can fill in and don’t skip a beat. As far as their offensive line goes, it’s probably going to be the best offensive line we see this year. They’re very athletic, can get to the second level, can run, so I mean it’s an exciting challenge for us, but it’s a very good offense.”

 

On assessing Kenny Tate’s role:

“All I can answer that question is from a perspective of this year. I feel we put him in the best position to make plays. Injuries are part of the game, and unfortunate that he has to play with lingering injuries. I believe we put him in the best position to make plays.”

 

On how detrimental Demetrius Hartsfield’s injury is to his chances of playing in the NFL:

“Obviously he won’t be able to do the Combine and some of those things because of the injury, but I’ve seen guys at the Combine that had injuries that people wanted to look at that injury specifically or just wanted to ask questions and interview the person and see what their football knowledge was. So, I don’t know, if somebody wants you and thinks you can play at that level, they’re going to take a chance. I think there’s plenty of stories of guys who got injured their senior year and got an opportunity. Will he be one of those? I don’t know, you’d have to talk to a scout or somebody to answer those questions. Again, it’s an unfortunate injury but if somebody wants to take a look at you they’ll do that.”

– Terps –

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