On his thoughts after the scrimmage, which got off to a bad start with an Eddie Williams false start:
“It was kind of slow to start; we preached all day, all yesterday that we need to focus, make sure we know the snap count. We’re going to need to change up the snap count during the year. The firstdrive, we false start. Right off the bat, we’re first-and-15. We didn’t get the start we wanted.”
On scrambling, which he did often in the scrimmage:
“I don’t feel like I’m a dual-threat quarterback I don’t have that kind of speed. Not enough to be in the class of a Dennis Dixon. But if the play breaks down, I think I can make some positive yards. If that happens during the course of a game, I’m going to take off and run it.”
On his no-nonsense running style:
“It’s a goal to stay healthy, but I’ve never really worried about getting hurt. The moment you start slowing your play down, it’s more dangerous. To be honest, I’ve never even slid in a game. I’ll try to this year, but once you get in a game, you get that mentality that you can take on anybody.”
On his thoughts, post-scrimmage:
“It was a good scrimmage; when you get to play 60 plays and you’re eight days away from a game, and you get to thud with tired legs, it is good. I saw what I needed to see. I think the guys realized we’re not game-ready yet. I think that’s a call to arms over the weekend while they get a little rest.
“I like where we are.”
On what he wanted to see from the scrimmage:
“With so many young players, it’s about how to go inside and come back out and be ready to play. Again, we started slow as an offense. We have to learn that you don’t get a feel-out practice in games. Guys now have more of an understanding.”
On the running the first-team offense against the second-team defense and vice versa:
“We tried to get some looks we may see. It was some portion of game planning. We didn’t want our first defense not running their defense.”
On Damien Thigpen and Morrell Presley impressing him the most:
“He’s proved he’s an exciting football player. We’ll find ways to get him into the game plan. And Morrell Presley did some good things.”
On Kevin Prince’s performance:
“There were a couple balls I think he could’ve let go if. His anticipation skills I still thing can grow. But I thought he managed the game well. I was disappointed that he tried to force that screen and had that turnover.”
Labeled “inconsistent” by head coach Rick Neuheisel after UCLA’s last scrimmage, Kevin Prince is not changing anything up heading into tomorrow’s scrimmage.
“It’s the same as always; control the huddle, make sure we’re in and out,” the redshirt freshman quarterback said. “Coach Chow’s focus on this is game mechanics, making sure we’re in and out of the huddle. Make sure we get the plays right and the formation set up. It’s about not making any mental mistakes.”
And it all starts with the playbook, Prince said.
“It’s a lot to take in, especially for a quarterback because you kind of have to know what everyone is doing,” Prince said. “It’s a lot of studying. But it’s not like I’m studying history or math. It’s studying football, which I love to do.”
Rick Neuheisel knows a thing or two about the quarterback position.
He wants Kevin Prince to know a lot more than a thing or two.
“Kevin has done a great job, I just want him to be more urgent about learning what defenses do,” Neuheisel said. “So that he’s ahead of them, other than trying to catch up as the ball is snapped. You can’t play that way. It’s just him really studying it.”
GoVolsExtra.com has some interesting words on UCLA’s visit to Tennessee in Week 2. Interesting if you’re Kevin Prince. More interesting if you’re Kevin Craft.
Too harsh? Too kind?