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Bob Diaco Quotes Following Blue-White Game

April 12, 2014

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Head Coach Bob Diaco

Opening Statement:
“It was a great, very productive spring. It was practice 15 today. We wanted to create an environment of game day so we started yesterday to create a mentality of ‘this is the night before the game’. The whole day was set up at our home on campus to look as close to a 3 p.m. kickoff so that the players and everyone in the organization, could all get a feeling of how our operation was going to go for game day. By that rationale, there are a lot of kinks and little things to tweak and get worked out. All in all, that piece was very productive, for me and the team. The players themselves have now slathered on another coat of paint. We’re nowhere near what the final product is going to look like but we have another coat of paint on for sure. Individually, there were some really good performances for the spring. Some guys guys surprised, that you didn’t really think would and some guys are really starting to come into their own and when they get a little bit more strength and fundamental base could produce for us as well.”

On the impacts of the tight ends:

“Early on there were missed opportunity drops. It might have been some early game hitters. I thought the ball was protected and caught much better in the second half than it was in the first half. Those guys are all coming on. Three or four of them will be able to roll in and out. We like to play with a lot of tight ends and that will be positive for.”

On  the play of the quarterbacks:

“At times, spotty and just okay. I would like to see better clock management collectively. They kind of sauntered around, not really cognizant of the play clock. There were some moments of delivering the ball a little too quick or holding onto it a little too long. The timing of that needs to improve and will improve. We haven’t had a lot these opportunities. It’s all been kind of canned in a petri dish, very isolated intense moments that are controlled. Now that we can actually play a game where it’s not it was nice to see them operate. We have a long way to go.

On the play of the defense:

“All-in-all I thought that tackling was solid. I only saw one instance where I felt compelled to run out and tell a player to keep their head and eyes up. Their heads were up, their shoulders were bowed and backs were flat in really good safe hitting position. I thought they did a good job with block destruction and force. I really only saw a couple of moments where the force was compromised.”