Talk about your guys and the importance of blocking skills.
If we’re going to be a good running team, we’ve got to run the ball well. And the difference between good plays and great plays are receivers that can block. Hopefully we’ve put an emphasis on that. We’ve talked about it a lot. Hopefully we can get some long runs.
How is Alshon Jeffery doing after playing so great vs. Auburn but not being able to make that one last catch?
He’s fine. He’s got a good attitude. He plays hard. He plays with all he’s got. He was upset about that because he’d like to make that catch. But he played well. He’s a good player and he tries to get better every day.
What do the receivers need to work on heading into the Alabama game?
A little bit of everything. Keep going. Alabama is going to be a tough team. We’re going to have to play well and find ways to get open. They do a good job of covering their guys. It’s going to be a big challenge for us.
How are guys like Lamar Scruggs, DeMario Bennett and DeAngelo Smith doing?
They’re doing very well. They’re just behind guys that are a little better than them. I wish we had 90 snaps a game. We’ve had 55-60-65, not a lot of guys rotate. Those guys are doing well. They’re waiting for the opportunity to play. The guys ahead of them are just a little bit better right now.
Do you tell them anything to keep them motivated?
I tell them don’t have too high expectations. Don’t get too frustrated. Everybody wants to play and I admire that in you. When your opportunity comes, hopefully you’re better than the guy behind you and you’re going to play a little more. They understand that. This is the SEC and it’s tough. Not everyone is going to get the opportunity to play a ton. And when you get your opportunity, you better be ready.
Any disappointment that there's not a lot of production from receivers besides Alshon Jeffery?
I’ve got all kind of players. They’re not playing. I’m not worried about it. We’ve got a lot of guys who can play. We’ve got a few guys frustrated they’re not playing much. It’s kind of like running backs. Are we disappointed in our depth of running back? They’re just not playing a lot. There’s not a ton of plays. Yes, I’d love to give those guys opportunities to play. They’ll be better players when they get an opportunity to play. They haven’t gotten the opportunity I’d like them to have. If they get it, I think they’ll be fine.
Does Ace Sanders see more balls thrown his way?
He needs to play a little bit more. He’s behind Tori (Gurley), and Tori’s a little better blocker. I like having Tori on the field. We’re moving around and finding ways to make sure Ace gets on the field and gets the ball in his hands.
What is your take on Alshon Jeffery and how he is progressing?
He’s a true talent and he’s got a lot of upside. There’s a lot more to him that he can do. It’s going to be fun watching him the next couple years, just developing and growing and becoming a better player than he is now.