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USU football: Utah State football concludes second scrimmage of fall camp

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Aug. 16 2012 12:35 p.m. MDT

“I feel pretty good about the offensive line, especially about the first five and I feel pretty good about the first eight, I really do. They are starting to work together. After that we are a very, very young offensive line just like we are a young football team, 16 seniors and there are four or five of those young men that are freshmen that will get better as the season goes on. If we can stay healthy up there, I like the crew. They are tough, they are physical; they’ve got a nasty streak to them and they love to compete. So we will see how it goes; got to get better at pass protection, but I thought it was better today than it was in the first scrimmage.”

On appearance of defensive line winning battle of the trenches tonight:

“I don’t know, we will have to see when we watch tape. I am sure there is some give and take. There were some nice runs, but the defense has run well to the ball all camp long, except right now they are priding themselves in getting turnovers. Did they have a turnover today? There may have been one, but that was not what they want and I think 85 snaps is what we had. They are running hard, they are playing hard and they have got a little edge to them, which you have to if you are going to be any good.”

Do you feel like the defensive line and others are responding to your motivation?

“Yes, I think they are getting better. I believe that they are playing harder, I think that their technique has improved. I think that their mind-set to understand what Division I football is all about and how tough it is in the trenches, if you are going to beat a good team you are going to play against an offensive line that is really going to want to take you into the fourth quarter and pound you in the ground. Really at the end of the day, they want to hurt you and that is what Division I football is about, at the end of the day for those offensive linemen. Defensive linemen have to have that mentality; that they want to be those guys to take the game over. Getting better, still a work in progress,yes, but I am proud of those kids in this camp. I have been on them and I will continue to be on them. They know that and they won’t expect anything less.”

On the status of D.J. Tialavea:

“A work in progress. He is in the pool now jogging, moving around. You can see that the crutches are basically going to be gone. We will see. I think the next 10 days we will see quite a bit of progress with him.”

On the status of any of the other injured players:

“Joey DeMartino is a four-week guy. He’s got a broken bone in his arm. We’ll see, it is about a four-week deal. Robert Marshall, progressing pretty quickly, which is good to see. We will see how fast he can get back but pretty healthy again tonight which is a positive. I hope Cameron (Webb) is okay, I haven’t got in to see him yet but it appeared that he was moving in the right direction when he was on the field and that was the last time I saw him.”

Did you see any separation at the quarterback level tonight?

“After two scrimmages I don’t know how you can’t say that. No question about it, Chuckie (Keeton) played good in the first scrimmage and I think Chuckie was pretty good again tonight. He gave us an opportunity to make some plays with his legs, which we know he can do and he also threw the ball fairly well. It’s a tough sled when you get in there with the two’s and the one defense, but you still have an opportunity to make plays. When the one’s are in they should produce against the two defense. If we are going to be a good football team, it should be lopsided and go that way. It wasn’t quite that way tonight, the way you want to see it but the first two drives were. We did a nice job the first two times. The one offense was on the field, I thought it was good. We couldn’t finish in the red zone, which is a negative, but those were both Chuckie. I don’t think anybody who has watched these past two scrimmages could say there has been no separation.”

What about coach (Ron) McBride being here?

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