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I was under the weather for about half of yesterday so I fell down on the job, but I'm back up and ready to go this morning. I was disappointed in the 'Bama turnout this morning in the lobby. We had heard words like "packed to the gills" and "mosh pit" but there were maybe 12 people chillin down there this morning.
Up first in this room is Dooley in about twenty minutes.
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Send pics of dooley if he has orange pants. Sounds like to much svedka, glad your back up
This post was edited by CoachCharlie on 7/19/2012 at 8:27 AM
No orange pants... I'm disappointed...
- Opening statement "Happy to be here"
- Thinks last year was a good experience for Tyler Bray. As you go through life in sports or anything there's knowledge learning but there's also experience, where you live it. Tyler came in his first year and had a lot of youthful confidence and then last year went through some experiences he hadn't been used to in his career. Fine line between winning and losing, he realizes the importance of leadership and his role as quarterback. Is he where he needs to be, no, but he's going to have a big year.
- Still a running back by committee. Offensive line is in a good place and that's the key to the running game, but have three guys in the backfield with different skill sets.
- Much more depth this year than a season ago. Getting guys mentioned for all conference which hasn't happened in a few years. Biggest reason he feels good is the maturity level of the team. Emotionally more mature than they've ever been.
- Played 32 true freshman the last two years, and it showed. Some were ready and some weren't but think those experiences make them better. Opens eyes on the margin for error.
- Assistants working together previously have helped out a lot. Many of them have worked together at different places, it's a good energy and he enjoys it, been a good offseason from that standpoint.
- When he got to Tennessee they inherited an offensive line that had three starts, now they have 106 starts. Thinks it's a talented group with some NFL talent and they have good chemistry and believe in their coach and what he's teaching.
- It's tough when you have a lot of underclassmen playing because upperclassment aren't playing. Younger guys don't have leadership skills yet and it's hard on the team, but thinks that won't be the case this year.
Ja'Wuan James has had some good things to say about the offensive line, but nothing really groundbreaking. Everybody's working hard, team is getting better, meshing with the coaches.
A good season would be just showing what they've been working on on the field. "As much as we work if we go out there and put that on that's all we need to do."
Having depth on the offensive line is great. Look around and see new guys. A lot of people have your back and have been through SEC games.
Tough seeing the streak against Kentucky come to an end. Tough for the seniors.
Thinks leadership was a problem. "Had enough invested in it, but didn't take ownership of it."
- Trying to attack the offseason, you can never be as good as you can possibly be.
- That's the media's job, to find a weak spot on the team. The offense is getting respect and there are going to be some young players on the defense that are going to be called on to play key roles but thinks they can get it done.
- Just trying to focus on getting better in the offseason. You can't let people settle in just because you won a national championship. Can't let negativity creep in during the offseason.
- Would agree it's tougher to win the SEC than a national championship, they're a good example. Everyone understands how tough the conference is, you have to bring it every Saturday.
- Excited to see Texas A&M. Will see some familiar faces from high school, will see guys from his area and will be glad to see his family come from Houston.
- Tempo offenses can work in the SEC, it's just all about execution. Doesn't matter what your system is, you just have to execute it. Hopefully things work out well for A&M through the years.
- Playing in Cowboy's stadium is going to be big. Going to have a lot of family there. It's big time, they talk about it every day in practice. No doubt that he likes opening with a game like that, want to see what you're made of early on.
- McCarron is getting better, he knows what's at stake. Knows that the team is going to need him in a bigger role this year. Mistakes could be covered up by the defense last year, but this year they might need to put a few more points on the board because of the young players on defense.
Herman Lathers - LB - Tennessee
Have a lot of guys come in and ready to play off the bat, have the size and speed to play right away but the game is fast for them. A lot of guys don't adapt quickly.
- Sunseri is a real live guy, enthused, active. He's not going to sugar coat anything, he's going to say it no matter who's around. He comes from a winning program and knows how to win.
- The success at Alabama helps with the buy in, that he was a part of the best defense in modern history. Knows a lot of people and his sytem works, but only if you believe in it and buy into it.
- Injuries happen, but used to disappointing things happening and he's a tough person. "Tough things don't last but tough people do."
- Comes in every day ready to bust his butt and happy to see that paying off since he was picked to come up here to represent Tennessee. Embraces the leadership role. Had a good offseason, but when things aren't done right it's up to the leader to start over.
- Thinks Dooley's done a great job. Changed the program and changed things around campus. Getting a new facility built. A lot of people talk about the "hot seat" but he's not on the hot seat, they didn't play up to his expectations. It's not on Coach Dooley, it's on us all.
Barrett Jones - C - Alabama
- Thinks they've learned a lot. Coach Saban has bene preaching to not have complacency, and the leaders have bought in and passed it down and taken ownership. "We don't just win at Alabama by showing up in those beautiful crimson jerseys, we win by hard work."
- Seems like they go back and forth on defense and offense. Thinks they have some leaders on defense and he's confident the young players will step up and fill the voids. Obviously confident in the offense with McCarron coming back.
- A lot of factors in coming back this year. Loves college and loves Alabama. Knew he would have some unique opportunities to go in and share his faith with people.
- Felt terrible about giving up one sack last year. Lemoniere got away from him and that time you give up a sack as a left tackle the quarterback doesn't see it coming.
- Transition to center has been interesting, different world at center. Biggest adjustment is just snapping the ball, you have to learn to snap and move at the same time and being so close to the ball. Especially against a 3-4 in practice.
- New left tackle has tremendous talent "more than I could ever dream of having," really hard worker.
- Story with AJ starts last fall, was battling for position and couldn't be a vocal leader but matured, first time he noticed it was the road game at Penn State. That's when they realized they could start putting more on him. Obviously that culminated at LSU where he handled everything well.
Thanks for the updates Aubrey. Just letting you know they're being read
Michael Williams TE - Alabama
- Confident in McCarron and thinks the offense is in good shape. Agrees that McCarron might be overlooked at times, but he doesn't care, just cares about helping Alabama win.
- Nick Saban is always locked in. From sun up to sun down. "Never seen Coach Saban yawn." Coaches like that, the players know they have 100% of his attention.
- 60% business, 40% fun. Coach Saban always says to take care of your business. When you get on the plane it's all a business approach, there's no messing around. Likes that approach because winning is fun, that's where you get your fun in.
- "Thought I was wide open to be honest" about the interception against LSU.
- Have a team that's ready to show what they've been working on. No revenge factor, just looking to showcase what they're able to do.
- Wants to be on the field on third down and he's working every day toward that. In the red zone they need touchdowns and he wants to be the guy to get those touchdowns.
- Appreciate the media more than we know, how we promote interest in college football and young student athletes. Important to the game. (Thanks Nick)
- Had a great summer, hopes we had a great summer. Looking forward to the challenges of this SEC schedule.
- McCarron buying into leadership roles and has been good and thinks he's poised for a big season.
- Have no experience with a backup quarterback, but have talent at that position. Challenge to develop players early on with teams like Michigan and Arkansas.
- Even though the Penn State situation is a criminal issue, still have to focus on the outcome. As a suggestion, maybe tax the university or ticket sales in athletics and donate the money to a charity dedicated to protecting children.
- Have a system on defense and on offense, so not much of a transition. Changing one guy in the building doesn't change things for everyone else in the building. Every time you make a change you get new enthusiasm and new ideas, you want to implement to improve on what you've done and what you'll do in the future.
- Looks up to Steve Spurrier, done a wonderful job at South Carolina, will have a really good team this year. 200 wins is a milestone that he's probably looking forward to, and he would look forward to also as a friend.
- Understands the point that winning the SEC is tougher than the national championship, but they're both difficult. Maybe the SEC championship game in the past has been more physical than the next game, but doesn't think that this year's outcome makes anything any easier.
- Human nature to relax when you have success, but for some people it can be addictive and they want to keep pushing for success. That's what he keeps people focused on to focus on the opportunity moving forward in 2012.
- Maybe the 2010 team didn't respond at the elite level that they needed to to meet challenges. When you win you become a target so it becomes more challenging. They all have that game circled. They have a calendar in the locker room counting down the days until they play Alabama. The only way you can be ready to compete is to be ready every week for 60 minutes, you can't achieve that easily.
Invasion of the Bama fans!!
- One of the biggest moments of the offseason was the day that the majority of draft eligible players decided to stay at Georgia. Had ten players test the water and a guy like Jarvis Jones who didn't even put his papers in. Built tremendous momentum and leadership in the offseason.
- Team was coming together regardless of what was happening with Isaiah. Didn't cause any issue that set them back as far as type of work they were putting in.
- If you have a better football team and you're playing an opponent with young guys you'd rather play them early, but every conference game basically counts the same. (Question is Re: South Carolina game being moved back.)
- They're going to be excited at Missouri for the first game, at home, at night. They're excited also, going to be a heck of a football game.
- Losing Ben Jones was a big deal, good player and a good leader. Not sure if he had a lineman as sharp as him that could pick up the blocking schemes across the line.
- Thinks the defensive line could be good with players coming back.
- Issues in the offseason do affect him because he loves all of his players. It's not fun it's sad for that young man and his family and the team and the university. It's not something you enjoy at all.
- Championship game last year helped them moving forward. To come out of there empty with the bad taste probably plays into the motivation in the offseason. If fortunate enough to get back hopefully it will serve them well.
This post was edited by Aubrey Bloom on 7/19/2012 at 10:59 AM
And, finally, Hugh Freeze
- Corner has been most improved position, receivers were good so corners. Offensive line has a way to go. Quarterbacks definitely not the most improved.
- Time management is the biggest adjustment. Still based on core values, but a lot more to do.
- Enjoying SEC Media day, sees how down the road it can get old, but enjoying it today.
- Offensive philosophy he sort of "came up with it" watching teams play. Still TiVo's certain teams to watch and consider. Gus Malzahn and him are friends, Sumlin and him are friends that used to share ideas but won't any more.
- Thinks more pressure will be on the defenses agaisnt tempo offenses becuase it will change the way they have to practice and the scout teams won't be able to simulate them.
- Said building a culture at Ole Miss means accountability, something that didn't get going last semester. In this league, you're going to have enough talent on your team, "all of us are good at recruiting" key is to get good team chemistry and accountability.
- Didn't see the rise coming this fast, gives credit to God for being blessed and fortunate enough to be around good people. "My stories a little different."
- "I live with the desire to deliver to the Ole Miss people everyday" said one of his favorite memories was standing in line for Archie Manning's autograph.
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