DC Stewart says Terps wary of ODU QB Heinicke

September 04, 2013 | WNST Staff



Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley


On wide receiver Nigel King’s inclusion in the offense:

“I don’t think it was something that was planned. The one thing about the receivers is obviously that it’s dependent on the types of coverages they’re playing, which kind of dictates it [who gets the ball]. With Stefon [Diggs], we have the ability to move him around. With Nigel, he just wasn’t targeted on a bunch of things.  I wouldn’t say that his production Saturday is indicative of what his role is because as we like to say around here; roles change daily. I thought he did a great job in the run game. He was responsible from a blocking standpoint for some of that chunk yardage we were able to get. I don’t think it’s indicative of his role.”


On what he liked and didn’t like about the offense against FIU:

“I was glad to see C.J. [Brown] be productive. For me, he was an unknown commodity based on having him in the spring where he wasn’t a guy who took shots or got hit, so to see him and how he responded in a game situation was good for me as a play caller. The thing that we preach on offense here is minimizing critical errors. Critical errors for us are dropped balls, penalties, sacks, fumbles and interceptions. Those are all things we can control and we keep an active chart of it, which we call our margin of error. Our margin of error was six percent and for us, that’s the one thing and goal we come out of every game with. I was really pleased we didn’t have a bunch of penalties that you typically have in a game one. Obviously, the sack-fumble on C.J., you can’t have that in that red zone area. We put our defense in a tough situation. We didn’t have a lot of fumbles or interceptions. Those are the things I came away pleased with.”

As far as progress, typically you see your biggest gains from week one to week two in the season. There are still so many fundamental and technical things that we need to get cleaned up. Up front, we’re an inexperienced group. Being able to use the right footwork, hit our landmark, obviously we can’t give up a sack like we did on the fumble. Those are all things that are correctable and we’re taking the steps needed to get them corrected.”


On if he was surprised by quarterback C.J. Brown’s play:

“I can’t say I was surprised as much as I was pleased. Again for me, he was an unknown commodity. I saw some film of him from two years ago where he did some really nice things. One of the things we prepared him for was if I’m a defensive coach, he’s a guy who threw less than 50 percent of his passes for completions, and I expected them to load the box up and say, beat us throwing the ball. He was capable of making some plays in the passing game that when you couple that with his ability to make plays with his feet, it’ll open this offense up even more.”


On the running game:

“Obviously, a lot of people will grade it based on Brandon [Ross] as the starter at tailback, but we say we’re a zone-read offense so the defenses have to decide who they want to stop. If it’s Brandon, than that will open things up for our quarterback, which I thought C.J. [Brown] took advantage of. I thought later in the game once C.J. made a few plays, that opened things up and we subbed Albert [Reid] in there and he got some plays and was pretty productive, and then even Jacquille Veii coming in late in the game to finish up in our four minute offense. I thought it was ok, although obviously I’d like to see Brandon make some more plays. We’re still a work in progress up front. We expect to get better each week as we get better fundamentally and technically.”


On the offensive line:

“We’re a work in progress up front. I thought we did some things well and there’s no doubt about that they’re going to continue to be a work in progress. When you’ve got two new starters up front, I would imagine we’ll get better each week. From a fundamental and technical standpoint, that’s always the key for being good up front. We’re getting those guys coached up as best we can. We’d like to see continued improvement, which you like to see across the board. Our perimeter blocking affects our run game and obviously a couple of the outside runs we weren’t blocked up on the perimeter. Our quarterbacks decision making in the zone read, a few times when you saw some of the losses Brandon [Ross] had, those were plays C.J. [Brown] shouldn’t have given him the ball. A lot of people look at it and say we didn’t run the ball well, but there are a lot of different things that do into it. You just can’t put it on the o-line.”


On wide receiver Deon Long:

“I’ve seen Deon play. I probably have more information on him than most. I wasn’t surprised at his production. When you put the tape on, there’s a lot of work that Deon has to do. We don’t want one-dimensional receivers. We want guys that are going to block and all the little extra things that we stress with the receivers. There’s no doubt he’s a talented guy and one that we’ll continue to target. He helps some things for Stefon [Diggs] and Nigel [King] being on the backside of things where he’s going to demand the attention [of the defense]”


On running back Jacquille Veii:

“I think right now Brandon [Ross] and Albert [Reid] are our featured guys and I see Jacquille having a role for us. One of the things that jump out about him is his speed and his vision. In some of the things we like to do in the running game, he’s a little more suited for those types of plays. I could see him having a role of a package, but I still see Brandon and Albert as being the two guys.”


On Old Dominion’s defense:

“We’ve really got one game to scout them off of, which is similar to last week. They’ve got a new coordinator who is in his first year coordinating, so we are going off what they did against East Carolina. What jumps out at me is that they have some athletes on the defensive side of the football. They line up pretty soundly and look like they have good tacklers. They want to get after you with the zone pressure and then the man blitzes in the red-zone area. We’ve got to have out A-game. Our quarterback has got to be ready to make some decisions under pressure. They want to force you to do things under duress. The main thing is that we’ve got to focus on us, not them.”


On if he adjusted his play calling based on the experience of the offensive line: 

“One of the things we always talk about is doing what our personnel allow us to do. We were able to take some shots downfield and we were able to get some guys wide open. We wanted to make sure we did the things our personnel allows us to do, which if that’s taking quick drops or getting the ball out quicker, we will. We’ll also continue to take some shots downfield. You have to do that to keep teams honest.”


Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart

On preparing for Old Dominion:

“Last week was a totally different offense. They were west coast and fluctuated between two backs and one back and two tight ends.  The game plan, believe it or not, is a totally different game plan. We’ll address those concerns, but probably play something similar to FIU, but the game plans are very different.”


On making substitutions against a no-huddle/up-tempo offense: 

“They make it consistent because they stay in the same personnel, so as far as changing to match their personnel groups, we won’t be doing a lot of that. I think that the team on the field can stay on the field first, second and third down in special situations.”


On how important conditioning will be:

“Every game I think we’ve got to be in condition, not one more than the other. I think this game is going to have more skill position guys on the field so it’ll be a faster game, but I think no matter who you play you’ve got to be in pretty good shape.”


On if they played anybody similar last season: 

“Clemson as well as West Virginia have some spread elements to their offense, probably West Virginia the most. That could give them a barometer of something to look at to see how we would handle their four wides (wide receivers). They like to spread you out three-by-one and two-by-two and attack you.”


On linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil:

“I thought he did a good job. He’s supposed to have butterflies. I have butterflies every game. I thought he did a good job. He came off the ball; he attacked his man on his way to the quarterback. That’s all we can ask. Sometimes when you do your job, it goes unnoticed to a lot of people, but he did a great job and it didn’t go unnoticed by our staff.”


On ODU quarterback Taylor Heinicke:


“I think the main concern is that he can create things when you’ve covered the receivers. If you cover the receiver, that may be the worst thing you can do because then he has the chance to outrun the rush. He seems to be extremely fast. I don’t have a time on him, but he seems to be pretty quick and fast. He gets on the edges, ducks in, gets out and can throw both left and right. Just him improvising, that’s my biggest concern.”


On who quarterback Taylor Heinicke compares to:

“In the NFL, you’d think about some of the guys I played against that ran the ball like Michael Vick and Donovan McNabb, those guys chose to throw the ball first. They weren’t trying to run. I think he can throw as well as run and you never know what he’s going to do until he goes out and does it.”


On linebacker Marcus Whitfield:


“I think especially this fall, everything’s important to him. When I say everything, just being a good teammate, being a good father, being a good person, being a good football player; it’s important to him. When I first got here, I think he wanted to be a good person, but everything about how he went about his business wasn’t as important to him as it is now.”


On defensive back William Likely:


“There’s one good thing about him; what you see at practice is predominately what you get on the football field. That’s when we knew we had somebody special.  I think he’s doing a great job. He learns quickly, he applies a lot of the things that you tell him throughout the game.  I think we’re all excited to watch him play and grow and he’s young, so we’re going to see him for quite a while.”


On defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson:


“I think he matured as a person. Once you mature as a person, you know how to study and settle down and ask the right questions. Plus, having the same position coach and being in the same defense, it’s just more comfortable for those guys, especially for him. That’s allowed him to mature as a football player in this defense.”


On defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson’s performance on Saturday:

“I thought he did well. Again, everybody would like to have a whole bunch of stats, and I think the main stat we all want is the win. He played well enough for us to win.”


On having linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil to spell linebacker Marcus Whitfield:

“I think that is one of the best position battles there is. I think when you can put somebody in who’s going to be as productive as the starter then that’s where you want to be as far as all across the board. I’m pretty excited. As a defensive staff, we’re excited just to see that battle keep going down the road.”


On the emphasis on getting pressure on quarterback Taylor Heinicke:


“We don’t want anybody to run on us, whether it’s Heinicke or anybody. Keeping containment as well as rush lanes is one of the things that I harp on. That’s an ongoing deal. This guy makes it special because he’s a special quarterback, but we always pay attention to that and we’re going to make sure that we are contained”


On defensive back Isaac Goins:


“He was consistent. The way Coach Edsall has us practice. It’s hard for a guy to hide. If he knows what he’s doing, he’s going to get an opportunity to play and if he doesn’t know what he’s doing, he won’t get opportunities. He went out there, knew what he was doing, and understands his role. He did a great job out there.”