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 love coach (Ron) McBride. I asked him to come up. This is the first year I have had an opportunity to do that because he is not coaching in the fall. He just loves these kids. It is just amazing how many of the kids he actually knows and spent some time with them. It has been a fantastic time for us and he will be here hopefully for the rest of the week. You could learn a lot from him, we could all learn a lot from him. You guys know my feelings for him. He is like a second dad for me and for him to be able to come up and evaluate a program that I am basically in charge of is something that I value a great deal. I thank Vicky for letting him go. Maybe Vicky is thanking me for getting him out of the house, it could go either way.”

On coach McBride saying that the offensive line is going to be pretty good:

“Yes, if ‘Mac’ says that it is like me saying that about the defensive line. So that is probably a pretty good thing. It has been great having him here and hopefully he can stay for awhile.”

SOPHOMORE QUARTERBACK CHUCKIE KEETON

Thoughts on the scrimmage:

“We had a good showing. The biggest thing was we wanted to start fast and finish strong. We started out much faster than we did last week. It was a big day for the offensive line; they really stepped up. Cameron Webb had a phenomenal game. We ran the ball pretty well and it was a good scrimmage overall. Personally, there are still some things I need to work on. We put in a few new things this week that I need to get down. Zach Vigil got the best of me on one of them and that was completely my fault. So there are definitely some things to work on this upcoming week.”

On the receivers making good catches:

“They really did. Our receivers have definitely been stepping up. This is going to be a good year for them.”

On having better execution tonight as compared to the first scrimmage:

“I really think we did, just because we came in with the right mind-set. Compared to the last scrimmage, we treated this one a little more like a game. We had our game plan, we had set plays that we used in certain situations and we just locked in from the first snap.”

On being worried during some of the executions:

“We weren't really worried. Some of it was covered, but that's something we have to live with every once in awhile. It's something we can work on and we can just move on from here.”

On running options with quick whistles:

“It's stressful. One of my roommates is La'Bradford Harold and he's still claiming that he sacked me on Saturday. I had to stare him down a little on his run. It's better for the whole team, just because we know our limits. That's being able to be coached is the way I see it. All I can do is do my job. If that means I'm getting touched one-yard up, then let it be.”

On how he feels physically:

“I feel okay. My body is still a little bit worn-down from my knee, but I'll be 100 percent by the time the season starts.”

On Cameron Webb’s scrimmage:

“On the sideline he was saying how he wasn't used to getting the ball that much, but when you have a hot hand that's catching everything that comes their way, you've got to feed it. He's turning out to be a very good player. He's put in a lot of work and he deserves what he's getting right now. Not sure if he has a concussion, but he'll be okay by the time a game comes around, so that's all that matters.”

On receivers possibly being the most improved this year:

“It's hard to say because we've made big strides in so many areas. I can't really say it's all them, it's also been the quarterbacks. We've been making better decisions to help them out. We've been giving them more open lanes and that's a big thing. Our offensive line has really stepped up, giving us more time and not making us rush our throws. Our backs being able to run the ball has taken off some of the pressure when it comes to the pass game. Chuck Jacobs and Matt Austin sat out today, and whenever they come back they're going to be valuable assets to us.”

JUNIOR DEFENSIVE END CONNOR WILLIAMS

Thoughts on the scrimmage:

“I felt the defense played really well, we came together. We played a little flat but our spirits got picked up and the back end played really well. We're starting to come together and that's a positive sign.”

On how the group is coming together:

“It's just work, work, work; work every day. During the summer we'd be the first group up here and the last ones to leave. We put in that extra time. Coach Andersen called us out this spring, so that's what we've been doing. It's showing results now, so that's good. It was needed (being called out) and it's been for the best. He gives us the credit when it's deserved, but he doesn't give us easy pats on the back.”

On getting the better of the offensive line:

“It goes back and forth each and every day. It's a battle. A sign of a good team is when each side wins some battles, and I think that's how today went.”

On having a lot of guys on the defensive front:

“We like to keep our attack fresh [and] the guys up front fresh and keep the new faces in there. I believe we're on our way to have three there, strong and deep. (Travis) Seefeldt has come along great. He started out slow coming over from the offensive line, but he's picked it up quick and he has a bright future ahead of him. Sini (Tauauve'a) played really well today. He came in this summer and has worked hard, and that's showing on the field.”

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.

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