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Spring Football Game 2014 Postgame Quotes
Release Date: 05/03/2014
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Head Coach Mark Helfrich
On the game…
“I thought they were a little bit sluggish today. I think there were about 37,000 people today who left saying, ‘I don’t know.’ They’re probably right. There are a lot of new guys and a lot of old guys in different roles. But overall, we got a lot better. Through 14 practices, I’m really pleased with where we are. Now it’s just a matter of building on that, not maintaining that, over the summer. We have to get better.”

“The spring game is kind of like a partially weighted final exam. Part of that is just being in front of fans for the first time in a true game type of atmosphere and seeing how they react. Some of it you completely throw away, because we’re never going to call our offense and defense like we do today. So there are certain elements that don’t apply.”

On Marcus Mariota
“He was going to play one quarter, so they called a time out to keep him in the game a little bit longer. Marcus has been outstanding. He, Keanon Lowe, and Ifo [Ekpre-Olomu] demonstrated leadership and commitment to our strength & conditioning character, on and off the field, is outstanding.”

On Johnathan Loyd
“Johnny’s done a nice job. There are a few layers of rust you’re knocking off after not playing football for that period of time, but he’s got a great attitude. He’s just a fun guy to be around and a tough dude. We’ll see where he ends up in the summer. I know he and Keanon have been great friends for a long time, so Keanon will take him under his wing and develop him.”

On the reserve quarterbacks…
“Meh. I thought a couple of times both of them absolutely forced it. That’s human nature trying to win the job with one throw. That’s the quickest way to lose it. We’ll go back to the drawing board a little bit, from the mentality standpoint. Those guys are good players and they did a lot of good things during spring, and they wanted to go out and make it happen. Sometimes that’s not how it works.”

On Devon Allen
“We’ve had very high expectations for him. I think his biggest thing is he’s getting his track speed out on the football field. We love tough track guys. He’s starting to play at track speed and he’s practiced really hard every single day. He’s going to make those young guys learn quickly, or be beat out.”

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