March 20, 2014
Head Coach Paul Chryst Quote Sheet:
Today we had the pads on so it was a different type of practice. I thought it was a good start even though I do think the team has a long way to go. We had two days of individual techniques with these guys and I think some did a better job carrying over, whereas I felt some guys lost it. Overall, a good start and I look forward to getting it going again tomorrow.
On what makes graduate assistant Jon Budmayr a good fit:
A good coach has love and appreciation for the game and with John there’s that, and the work ethic that he brings every day. Given his situation, he has a lot of experience under his belt. I’ve had the chance to be around him and I was really happy when he said this is what he wanted to do because teams are always looking for good young coaches. I feel really fortunate that we are able to have him here with us. His career (at Wisconsin) was hampered by freak injuries, nerve damage I believe, but he has done a great job of flipping his focus and channeling it into something else. He has been in there and learned the systems, he has worked with some really good quarterbacks and he was a pretty good one himself. We are happy with the guys like Jon that we have here.
On if the guys are ready for the hitting in pads:
I think the important thing to always keep in mind is that you can be physical without putting guys in harm’s way. Learning how to practice the right way comes with time. We did a good amount of individual work, but you can still be physical and handle a physical practice. I think this spring we have to do a great job of balancing the amount of hitting, which is a big part of the game you know, and keeping our guys healthy.
We will be deeper if they (Devon and Tony) come along, for sure. It is the first day in pads but I like the way they are working. I think you will see the peaks and valleys with a lot of guys in the spring. You hope to see that with them more than a veteran (J.P. Holtz). We will find out for sure during the course of the spring, but I like what they are doing out here so far.
On if he likes watching the offensive and defensive linemen more than others with pads on:
Well, obviously that is where it makes the most difference, but I really like watching everybody out there.
On what senior running back Isaac Bennett brings to the team:
He should be able to give us quite a bit. As you know he is the only running back who has been through spring ball at this point. Isaac has been through a number of them. Anytime you have an upperclassman on the team, he should be able to help the young guys. Not exactly with what to do on this play, but more to the approach of it and I think the younger guys will help Isaac with how to even better attack the play. It is a small group right now but I like what they are doing and we just need to keep helping them get better. Isaac is a really happy guy and you need that, but there are also some grumpy guys on the team because everyone loves being miserable once in a while (Laughs). You know, everyone just has to be who they are and Isaac embodies that which is good for this team.
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