Here are my quotes that didn’t make it into Friday’s column about the University of Hawaii’s first football practice of fall camp Thursday.
Offensive coordinator Tommy Lee on choosing a starting quarterback:
“The big thing we’re looking for is consistency. We don’t want to have ‘A’ look good one day then ‘B’ be better than him the next day. But if ‘A’ is tshe guy today and tomorrow and the next day, then maybe you’ve got something.”
Jeremy Higgins took the first rep under center, but all involved said to not draw any conclusions from it.
Lee: “Nothing should be made of that. He didn’t stay with the first group the whole time.”
Higgins: “It’s just the first day of camp. Anything can happen.”
Higgins, on what he needs to improve on most: “My feet. Gotta get my feet right. The faster my feet go the faster the ball goes out. My high school coach Vince Passas, he’s real big on that.”
Lee on newcomer, former Duke quarterback Sean Schroeder:
“We like him, we don’t think we can go wrong with him. He’s smart, he picked up the offense pretty fast and he’s got a good arm.”
Schroeder, on learning the UH offense quickly:
“It’s very similar (to what he was used to at Duke). Coach (David) Cutcliffe knew coach (Norm) Chow and they run very similar offenses. Rhythmic passing game, West Coast style. Establish a running game to set up play action. The only big difference is terminology. It’s like learning a new language.”
On his performance in the first practice:
“It was a good first day overall. Good effort all-around. But there’s no such thing as a perfect session. You can always do more.”
David Graves on offense’s improvement from the end of spring practice.
“Our timing has gotten so much better. Everyone.”
On not getting the first practice play at quarterback:
“We never know who goes first. It’s more of a jump in thing.”
” just go in and focus on the play. When I’m not in I’m taking mental reps.”