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August 7, 2009 at 3:56 PM

A few words from the assistants

Not only was Steve Sarkisian at today’s press conference but so also were all nine of the team’s assistant coaches, who were available for separate and group interviews.
Here’s a healthy helping of some of what some of them had to say:
— Offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto said he hopes to find a 7-8 man rotation to use up front this season and said two of the keys to that could be G Morgan Rosborough and T Skyler Fancher. He said Fancher should be healthy and ready to go for the beginning of camp and said that Rosborough has lost some significant weight (he’s listed at 379) and is in good shape. Those two could join what was established in the spring as the first six — the five starters as well as Mykenna Ikehara. He said Ikehara’s progress is also key this fall as he said Ikehara needs to show some greater strength inside. But it Ikehara can start at center it would allow Ryan Tolar to move to guard. Cozzetto, however, said there will be lots of experimentation in the first week or so of camp as he wants all of the guys up front to be able to play multiple positions. He said the last week or two he will then want to set a more stable rotation to begin preparing for the LSU game. So if you’re at a practice one day and see, say, Drew Schaefer at left tackle, it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s being moved there, just that they want to see on that day how he performs at that spot.
— RB coach Joel Thomas said he envisions something of a rotation at the tailback spot, saying that “I’m not sure we have a 25-carry guy on our roster. I think we are trying to assess that with our recruiting that is going on, but as we sit here today, I’m not sure we have that. So as we sit here today, I want to find three guys, possibly four, to get this done. But my bottom line is I don’t want much fall off if something should happen from the one guy to the four guy.” He said the starters heading into camp will be Willie Griffin and Chris Polk with Demitrius Bronson close behind. But he said all five of the TBs will get ample reps with the ones to state their case. “As we get a week-and-a-half our (from the LSU game), hopefully someone with that job has taken that flag and run with it. That’s my goal.”
— As might be expected, defensive coordinator Nick Holt had lots to say. One of his most interesting quotes came when asked if there was an advantage to having lots of guys back despite the fact the team went 0-12 last year. Holt said no, that “really, 0-12, quite honestly, means that they were terrible. But okay, the guys that did play, okay, they have been in a Division-I football game, been in a big stadium, played in front of 70,000 people. They’ve been through that. They’ve been in the fire. Have they done well? Obviously not. So we’ll need to find the guys who can do that well in that atmosphere, So we will just wait and see. At times they have played well and we know who those guys are. But those are a lot of the same guys that have made a lot of mistakes to not be successful. A lot of them have playing experience and have been in the big games and now we’ve just got to teach them the right way of doing things all the time.”
— Holt also had an interesting quote when asked what type of defense fans should expect to see this season in contrast to what fans saw last year. “I think we will run better than they have in the past. We will chase the ball better. We will have an attitude maybe they haven’t seen in the past. This is the stuff I’m hoping. But that’s just the way we are. I think the kids will reflect the enthusiasm of their coaches and in doing so, they will play harder and with more enthusiasm and look like they will have fun out there. That’s what I think you will see. Whether we stop anybody or not, I don’t know that yet. But they will have fun.”
— Holt said David Batts will start out at strong safety behind Nate Williams but that a key of fall camp will be to figure out if one or the other needs to change spots if it turns out they are the two best safeties.”Right now he feels comfortable at the strong safety position, that’s what he has been and that’s what Nate Williams is, so we need to find out very quickly if we need to move one of them to another position to get the best 11 on the field. We’ve got to find out what David Batts can do and give him every opportunity to show what he can do. Maybe it’s moving him to another position or we have to mix and match. Our responsibility as coaches is to get the best 11 out there whatever that is and we’ve got to do it quickly. We can’t hee-haw and screw around and take our time because we don’t have time.”
— Asked what may be the most interesting battles of fall camp, Holt gave a several-minute long overview of the defense. In essence, he said that Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, the three starting linebackers, Williams and Quinton Richardson have pretty healthy leads at their positions —- he said later that “nobody is going to beat out Daniel.” The other jobs, he said, have starters heading into camp but are much more uncertain.
All for now.



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