FOOTBALL: Signing Day Press Conference – February 7, 2018

FOOTBALL: Signing Day Press Conference – February 7, 2018

[MUSIC PLAYING] Do you want open
with some comments about today’s signing, Dan? Sure. Then we’ll just
take some questions. Sure. Even before talking
about today signing, I just want to say
how much of a pleasure it’s been already
working with Coach Gris– or Shawn Griswold– our new
human performance coach. Really like what he’s
doing with our team. I like the work capacity,
I like the demand, and I really just
like the approach. And so it’s been
a positive couple of weeks for us already,
and with the staff that we’ve attracted
to come with him. Also, it’s been an
amazing experience to work not only with Carla,
our new athletic director, but with Jim [INAUDIBLE],, who’s
over football, specifically. And that relationship, and
the vision, and the support, and the intent for our
program to have success here has been refreshing and
energizing, and just, I think, has really been a positive step. So I’ve had a blast over
the last month just working with the people we
now have in place. Also I’ve been really
impressed with our team in their desire, their work
ethic, their leadership, and just their intent. Clearly, our team is showing
progress by confidence, by work ethic, but
also by the standards they’re holding one another to– which is really fun– where they really
want this program to continue to get better. And much as it did from
year one to year two, they’re certainly not
satisfied and they want more. So having said that, regarding
recruiting, as you know, a little bit different with
this being the second signing day rather than the
first, with very few spots left for most programs
around the country. Jim was just telling
me over 90% what are considered elite
or top players having signed with about 70% of
others, based on which source that you’re interested
in or look at, and that would be
similar for us. So there isn’t a ton of need
or a ton of spots remaining. But there are selected
spots, which sometimes, much like an NFL or
maybe free agency, where a key player, a
key position that you can add to an already
existing piece or program can be helpful. Again, what I want are
amazing football players, who are also exceptional
students, who are also fantastic people. We want all of that. And for the most part, the young
people we had on our visits reflected just that. And so I think my staff is
doing a really good job in terms of attracting and selecting
the possible candidates. I think we’re
getting relationships built at a much
higher level of trust in the mid-Atlantic region than
we certainly had two years ago. We’ve also maintain
some footholds, and some pretty
strong ones, where we came from, which I thought
would just kind of go away. But they’re pursuing us a little
bit in that in the fact that those networks, , and those
calls and those referrals are coming with players that the
coaches know who I am and what I’m looking for, what kind
of program we run and I run, and which players they
have that might fit. And so that’s been fun to
see the momentum generated in that regard. We did specifically target
offensive and defensive linemen for this second part of
our recruiting class. And the three players that I
can talk about at this point, we have a graduate
transfer, which is a very good player
in Marcus Applewhite– Applefield, sorry. And he is a really strong
leader in the Rutgers program, a very good football player,
very experienced, very mature, and just I was really impressed
with who he is as a person. And so that adds immediate
depth and quality of play at a position that we
have an immediate need at. And I can’t express
the value of that. Again, my intention any time
I bring a graduate transfer, just so we’re clear,
it is not a free agent. My intent with bringing
a graduate transfer is they come help our
program, but they also graduate with their
master’s degree. It’s not one or the other. It is both. And that’s the
only way I endorse this whole idea of
graduate transfers, is not only can they
go play somewhere else. Can they go and will
they commit to finishing their post-graduate degree? And then it makes sense. And so Marcus is coming
under that criteria. And then we have from the
state of Hawaii two players; Micah Mariteragi, and we
also have Aaron Faumui– Faumui, sorry. And both these guys,
really interesting. Micah, he was a receiver that
grew into an offensive lineman, which means there is a lot of
athleticism, a lot of mobility, but most importantly,
he’s tenacious. Really plays the football the
way that I like to be played, where he’s physical,
he finishes, he chases defenders
downfield, and there’s a passion for the game. And he loves tough football. And the culture
that we’re working to build here on our
offensive and defensive fronts is just that. And so we thought he was an
exceptional fit, not only by the kind of player he
is and who he’s becoming, and who he’s become, but man
what an amazing young person as well. Really good person and
another strong student. And in terms of
Aaron, Aaron is also played offensive
and defensive line. And dynamic is the way
I would describe Aaron. Is explosive. When you watch him
playing the game, big play potential, and
fast, and explosive, and plays with
passion and effort. And it’s not hard, when
you’re watching the film, oh, there he is, oh,
there he is, there he is. There’s just this different– some people would call
it– motor or desire that he plays with. And when someone shows
that playing both ways, that’s pretty exceptional. Sometimes when a
player plays both ways, there’s pacing themselves
kind of approach. And he’s anything but that. And so we plan on playing him
on the defensive line, which is an area of need for us as well. So an amazing student,
a great kid, and I think a really good fit for UVA. We have three Samoan
coaches on our staff. And we had recruited, again,
at my previous job at Brigham Young, we had the second most
Polynesians in college football behind Hawaii. And so it’s just been fun to see
the interest the kids from that far away have had not
only in this program, but seeing this opportunity of,
wow, ACC Football and this type of education, with the
mentors on this staff with Polynesian heritage
has had a stronger impact than I had anticipated. And so I’ve been
excited about that. Overall momentum, I would
say progress and growth is just pretty much
oozing out of our program. I can see it and
feel it everywhere. And this is just kind
of the next glimpse of what’s happening. And so that’s the way I would
summarize what happened today to this point. So any questions,
if you have any? Did you know where Marcus
Applefield was today when he sent his letter in? Oh, this is a pretty good story. So when I talked to Marques– I can’t give you all the
specifics other than, so Marques is interested
in criminal justice and law enforcement. And he had just gotten
back from doing some work with the police. And they were coming back from
working on a child pornography case. So he stopped that
just for a second to sign his letter of
intent, and then he’s back out doing his internship. And I don’t know what
the next case was or where he was off to. But pseudo SWAT team
slash offensive lineman for us, which is pretty cool. His internship is with the
New Jersey State police. Oh. I had experiences with
them when I was in college. [LAUGHTER] I think that’s why he’s coming,
is to keep an eye on you. You had mentioned that
in Mobile, the desire to go after an offensive
line grad transfer if it fit, or maybe more than one,
and also maybe quarterback. Can you size up how well
you were able to do that? I mean, obviously
you got the one. But were you involved with more? Did you want more? Not necessarily. We were hopeful to have one
high school player and one grad transfer offensive lineman. We were also
considering, and possibly still might consider, a graduate
transfer on the defensive line. Sometimes, after spring
practice or between now and– so sometimes where
a player thinks they stand in their program,
if their coaches aren’t transparent, and then the
[? existing ?] players on their team look
and say, OK, why’d we just sign five more defensive
tackles, if I’m in the position I think I am? And so sometimes,
signing day even facilitates a
different perspective of players having the program. Spring ball sometimes
does that as well. So we might consider
that as well. But that’s to be determined. But our intention all
along was one grad transfer on the offensive line. And Marcus was the player we
wanted from the very beginning, with a lot of space
between whoever would become our distant second. Marcus was our target. Any more movement on
the quarterback front, or is what you have what
you’ll go into the season with? What we have is what we’ll
go into the season with. I’m really comfortable
after seeing in the workouts to this point, Bryce
Perkins is probably beyond what I had expected
in terms of athleticism, leadership, and ability. This is all without
throwing footballs, but just watching him. Brennan Armstrong had
a very strong showing. So both of our mid-year
transfers, I think, are right on point. And then Lindell
Stone, as well as– I’ve been impressed, actually,
with Matt [? Marek ?] in our workouts to this point. So I’m comfortable,
at this point, going into the season
with what we have. And then we’ll just keep
addressing it and building it from there on. And then you mentioned
being surprised at, still, the draw of the Hawaiian
and Polynesian players to your program. How did you overcome the obvious
geographic disadvantage there, the distance that
they must come? It’s previous relationships
with established trust. And relationships are one thing,
but trusting relationships are something
completely different. And what I’ve learned over time
is trust mitigates distance, which has been a
powerful lesson. Coaches in my program that
have had strong relationships with families for years,
and years, and years, it really becomes,
oh, he’s there? Well this is where I’m
recommending my son go, because of all this time and history
that has established trust beyond what anyone else
can really establish and the amount of
time recruiting has. And ultimately families
want a place for their son to be safe, to be nurtured,
mentored, cared for, guided, mentored with someone
that they really admire and want their son to be with. And in that particular case,
that’s what I’ve learned, is just those relationships
that my coaches have with those families. It really isn’t how
far will they go. It’s who will they be with? And that has been
the difference. Sort of piggybacking on that. A lot of West Coast
schools obviously have a lot of Hawaiian
Samoan players, as you did. How important is that to you
at this stage of your program to keep that line going? And is there something
different about these guys? They seem to be really
good football players. They’re really good football
players by culture, by intent, by preparation. And so this year
now, with counting Chris on our current team
already, and then Wayne coming off of his
mission, there will be five Polynesian players
in our program, which is just the beginning. What I’m finding
and what I’m seeing is– and I don’t know how that
would work, coming to Virginia. I didn’t know if that– but it’s a stronger draw
because of the people than I had imagined. And when you consider especially
the offensive and defensive fronts and the impact– put it this way. The opportunity and
the area in our program that needs to grow the
most, and how that matches with the Polynesian culture,
and the possibility of options coming, that just seems to be
a pretty natural fit so far. And who would have guessed? But I’m glad that it’s
working out for us. And so even though it doesn’t
make much sense geographically, it makes quite a
bit of sense when you start looking at the yield. And so it doesn’t mean
that our focus now is shifting only to Hawaii. We’ll still be passionate
and even doing a better job very close to home
as our priority. It just means now that we’re
not willing to say, OK, we won’t look there, because
it’s already kind of working. You have mentioned
how Bryce and Brennan fit more the mold of the
quarterback you’re looking for. Yet, with Kurt this past
season, and even some in ’16, your offense had its moments. But you guys did not score
a point on your last 28 possessions on offense. As you reflect and
review, what have you determined were the
causes, and what can you do aside from personnel
to help correct it? I think it’s– I’ll
start in reverse order. It isn’t only personnel. It has to be innovation,
and execution, and schematics in addition to. That’s where the
program currently is. And the difference
between year one, where we were working just to
be consistent within a football game one game, in
year two, we’ve been working to be consistent
throughout the course of a season. And so a fairly strong
start and competitive play, I would say, with
Navy and possibly Boston College
being the outliers of the season, where
it’s just, OK, what happened with those two? But the rest kind of could
have been anyone’s game. And so, as you look now
about the tail end– the last two games especially– I think going into the
Virginia Tech game, we had expected a game that,
if we played the way that I believed we could, it might
be a 14-13, 17-16, 10-7 kind of football game. And it was pretty close to
what that would have been like. And Virginia Tech had something
to do with that in the way they played. The Navy game my view is a
completely different scenario, meaning that educating a
team as to what postseason not only looks like, what it
feels like, how to manage it, and how to prepare
for that, that was not only new, but quite
frankly a little bit beyond and expanded beyond what
I prepared our team for. And we played exactly
as they were prepared. Not only as a team
for that game, but as a program going
into that setting. So in answer to
your question, when you’re reliant
predominantly on the pass, it is easier to defend,
not harder to defend. If the quarterback
is not mobile, there’s immediately more
pressure put on offensive linemen to block, , runners
to run receivers to catch. Everyone has to be better. As soon as the quarterback can
move, can extend, can create, there’s less pressure. And the performance
expectation is slightly lessened on
every other player around. So we have to continue
not only to bring in the right personnel,
but also to innovate to deliver the
current players we have at the very highest level
regardless of who we play, and regardless of
the circumstances. And who cares if it’s
cold or if it’s windy? Who cares if it’s snowing
or if it’s raining? Who cares if it’s– ultimately, regardless
of conditions and regardless of opponent,
we need consistent football. And we showed glimpses. I’m not sure what
the word you used– but there were moments,
and significantly more than the year before. And significant
progress, I think, would be the way I described it. But ultimately, we also know
and what was just exposed is how much more we
have to do to truly be a contender for the
championship in this league, and to be strong
in the postseason. Obviously, a lot of the fan
base were a little bit upset about the lack of
offense in the Navy game. Were you totally
satisfied with the play calling that you
got in that game? And is that more of a product of
what you just said or would you like to have seen something
a little different? Man, I wasn’t happy with
really anything in the game, including my own play
calling, defensively or– if I were to say, could I
target anything in that game I really liked, I really liked
Quin Blanding in that game. If you were to watch it from the
football film perspective, wow, he played really well. And Eli Hanback. So I liked those two
players on that game not only in terms of intent,
but yield and performance. Other than that, the team
played in a manner offensively and defensively
on special teams. And I pride myself on preparing
our teams well, and preparing them consistently, and giving
us the best chance to win. But in relation to seeing the
outcome and watching it play out, my formula for that game as
well as our players’ formula– there are two parts to it– and maintaining the edge
necessary to not only just be at the game, and to
enjoy the hospitality room, and the different events
and all that luxury, the research has said it’s
kind of a performance narcotic. And unless you’re really mature
and gone through it before, you have to be very
skilled at flipping a switch from here’s
practice, now here is recreation, now right back
to practice and recreation. Over time, we became
and heard frequently in terms of managing the
external environment, it feels good to be praised. And there were so many
people excited for Virginia to be back in the postseason. And it doesn’t take much. And I love that about our fan
base and how excited they were. For my team, I wasn’t capable
in getting the message through to them of,
OK, there’s the praise, but getting there
is only one thing. It’s a lot more fun when you
play well once you’re there. And so I made a
comment yesterday that the outcome
of that game, I’m not saying that it was
desirable, but in a matter of fact way, pretty necessary
for exactly where we are to show if you’re not
truly prepared and ready for a game like
that on that stage, then that could easily happen. And that’s given us a
fantastic point of reference to start the off season from
to show that, yeah, we’ve made great progress,
but here’s now some deficits that still
need to be addressed. You had also mentioned
to me the idea that because you have won
more games, because you were in the bowl game, that that was
responded to on the recruiting trail. How did that show up? And you said in the
initial early signing that you were a
little disappointed, or wanted to focus on in-state. Was that anything in
this part of the class that you tried to adjust? Not so much in the
second part of the class, by really availability
of prospects that we wanted remaining. And interestingly enough– and
this is kind of culturally, and there’s also some unique
social studies that’s been done on this– but really almost
everywhere we went– and I spoke at the AFC
convention this year– almost every place we
went, especially out of the state of Virginia,
was, holy cow, you guys did an amazing job. And there’s this
fantastic progress going. And look at how your
program is taking off. In-state, a little
more reserved as to, that’s good progress, but
kind of wanting to see more. And I think that
happens sometimes, where the appreciation for
what’s happening sometimes is greater the farther
you are away from that. It becomes a little
bit more objective. Sometimes close, even
when in your own families, significant things to
someone on the outside. When you know the people, it’s
maybe not quite as significant. And so time will certainly
work in our favor, as we intend to continue to
improve, continue to grow, continue to get better. And I think the
results will show that. I think some of your coaches
mentioned this to me. Because you were going to find
so few people in this period, a lot of what was happening
in January in-state was the ’19 class. The majority of the second
part of this recruiting class was ’19. And for the first time,
other than when I– right at the beginning
when I was hired, I had a chance to just meet a
lot of our in-state coaches, which, man, was that fun. It’s one thing to hear about the
program and see them on film. It’s another thing to
actually walk the halls and be with their coaches. And so relationships
were fostered. And so many of them
said they’d love to come to watch
our spring practices and see what we’re really doing. And that was a great
launch point, really, for the impetus still
of what we want. And there’s so many good
players in this state. And so many of them are
prepared well academically. And so we’ll just continue
to work on the relationships in the field of our own state. And I’m confident
that will happen. But the ’19 class, while my
coaches are working on that, I was really in the high
schools of our in-state coaches, and getting to know them. Speaking of the 2019 class,
what sort of lessons, now that you’ve gone through
the whole new arrangement with the early and
normal signing periods– what sort of lessons
have you learned and what will you do differently
with the class of 2019, per se, maybe than you did as
you set up to go into 2018? Yeah. I think the main
lessons learned are– the obvious one, it’s
everything’s earlier. So meaning that after
the first signing date, what really happened
was the spring recruiting. Spring recruiting
is basically over. I don’t know what we’re going
to call spring recruiting now. But that’s now not spring. We just did spring. And so now that
is something else. You guys can come up with
a crafty name for that. But really what we
just did was spring. So everything is accelerated
by one more cycle, which I don’t think is
positive for the decision making of the student athlete. What I would love to have
is if we slowed down, where there’s no contact that
can be made with any recruit until at least the beginning of
their junior year, nor offers could be extended verbally,
hinted, winked, emailed, texted, pulling the
thing behind in the air. Just I would love
it to be later. And I think that would
facilitate a lesser involvement of third parties,
of youth coaches, of seven on seven. And most of these
guys motives are pure. They want to help
their student athletes. But it’s just going too
fast, , in my opinion for the betterment of these
kids and their development and their choices. And so what I just
shared is what I learned is it’s moving faster, still. And as a coach,
you have a choice. You either play by
those rules, or you try to play a
different game, or you try to play by a
different set of rules to distinguish yourself. But currently,
earlier is winning the day, meaning
whoever gets to know the kids earliest, build the
relationships the deepest, has the best chance. And it’s unfortunate that
that’s having to start earlier, and earlier, and earlier. And I’d love for
parameters to be set to let the kids be kids,
let junior high kids be junior high kids, let ninth
graders be ninth graders, let sophomores worry about
getting their driver’s license, and then maybe after that,
the recruiting starts. And it might be
philosophically opposed to whatever others are thinking. I just think it’s too early. But that is the
direction it’s going. And we have to choose
either to perform or compete in that environment, or somehow
mitigate it differently. And that wouldn’t
be something I’d share anyway, because
then everyone would know what we’re doing. You said in December that one
of the unintended consequences of the early period was
the conflict between bowl preparation and recruiting. You’ve since been to
the coaches convention. As you spoke to your
colleagues, did you sense the same frustration? And if so, did you sense
any chance of resolution? I sensed– I expected
to hear more pushback on how difficult it was
to prepare for bowl games and have that signing. And while it was
uncomfortable, there wasn’t an uproar of
this has to change. So it surprised me a little bit. I think a lot of us that
were close to the signing date in our bowl game
felt it a little bit more. But what was also clear–
back to the question before– is the kids
that were signing early, it was refreshing because
very few of them had drama. They knew where they were going. It wasn’t requiring the
same amount of attention that the second period takes. And so I think that
probably went off more as what we had all would
have liked it to be like. It just happened– it
just forced everyone, while playoff games were going
you’re high school, while bowl season was going on,
it kind of didn’t allow for all of the
theatrics, which, man, I have mixed feelings about that. I would rather
not have it happen while bowl season was on. But if I had to trade that for
the theatrics, I would take it, I think. Still being a student
of the game as you are and loving to defend
[? wishbone, ?] et cetera, as far as your own personal
education against the option, was that a valuable experience? Oh, man. It was very similar to
the very first game, when I was the defensive coordinator
at New Mexico, when it was just a barrage of points and
different things that happened. And then that led to this
passion, and this study, and our option defense
success since then. That experience versus
Navy, while there are elements of option,
it’s a much different type and approach. And so I’m anxious now,
as fast as possible, to get restarted on what
that will look like. And it will promote growth
not only in me personally, but in our program. It’s always fun
to make progress. Ultimately, though,
sometimes how you make progress is some
of those awful stumbles along the way that hurt the
most, that then provide the– or expose weaknesses
that you have to get fixed on behalf of
your program and your kids, and to help them have
their best opportunity. And so, yeah, I’m anxious to now
research, and study, and learn, and do even more
on that version. And Army is running
a similar version. And it’s funny because one of
my mentors, Rocky Long, who– and they play great defense
every year at San Diego State, they had a similar experience
happen to them in the bowl game by Army. And so we’ve already been
on the phone saying, OK, when are we getting together? Because we’ve got to
crack the code here. So it’s kind of I can
laugh about it now, just because I know growth will
happen and it will be better. But it surprised me. I might have missed
or forgotten. But Tim Harris, is
there an update? Is he good to go for– – Tim’s good to go. He’s with our team currently. He’ll be practicing and playing
this spring and this fall. Malcolm Cook is also good to go. He’s back and ready. So the majority of
our defense is back. And our depth is back. We also already the
elephant in the room. There goes Quin,
Micah, and Andrew. Andrew’s story was
phenomenal in terms of his development over a two
year period, and who he became. And, man, I had a blast
watching him at the Senior Bowl. I was watching
him just thinking, is this the same guy, you know,
that was here two years ago? And that was really fun. And then Quin and Micah– Micah, he played so
hard so long for us, he was still a little
bit beat up and had to leave a day early, one
day into the Senior Bowl. But Quin was Quin, just
controlling everything, and making a million plays,
and getting everyone lined up. So we’ll lose all of them,
but I’m really optimistic. And my expectation is for our
team certainly to be better, but our defense also to be
better, even though we’re losing those players. We look at things very simply of
you went from x number of wins to x number of wins
in a bowl game. Do you– [AUDIO OUT] –more games next
year for people to view this as progress? You know, I’m not sure. I think that’s the easiest
way for anyone to say, yeah, progress is happening. And I’m not sure how many
expected that big a jump from year one to year or two. It’s hard to say. I just try to control
what I can control. And the teams we play are always
different; how they’re situated and how injuries occur. The easiest way to
measure is did we get better or not by number
of wins by bowl appearances, by bowl victories? As a coach, if that’s
all you look at, wow, there’s a lot of cool
stuff and a lot of improvement you can miss along the way. So it will be a
combination of both, which it always is for me. I’ll go over here for
the last two questions. You just lose those
three guys, but there’s been several defections
on the defensive line. You mentioned
elephant in the room just on those guys leaving. But it seems also, too,
you got to figure out what to do on that front. Yes. What’s your sort of
vague view of it now as you get ready
for spring ball? I’ll give a specific
view actually. At the beginning of the
season, jack powers, his wrist injury never
really healed appropriately. So that was one player
that was lost early on. Then Christian Brooks ended up
being declared medically not able to play through a
number of concussions. So that was the second
scholarship player at the defensive line. We had two players
with conduct issues that ended up
leaving the program, and were both
scholarship players. So that was four. Christian Baumgardner also
had a violation of team policy and left the program. So that was five. And John Kirven is at risk
simply because of a concussion protocol that he
hasn’t cleared yet. And so that would be up to
six players on scholarship at one position. And so that is already
forcing us to look– knowing we were targeting
offensive and defensive linemen already, now we’ll be looking
at possible position changes maybe within our offensive
front and defensive front, as well as the
incoming players, as to how to staff both fronts
the best way possible. So I’ve never experienced
that amount of attrition at one spot before. And a pretty unique
set of circumstances, and I don’t think any
of them are related. They’re all just kind of
these different things that have happened. However, it does form now– I’d love to say, OK, now
our defensive line will look like we are
three of our program. Our defensive line will
really look like year one now. And so different positions
are at different phases in our program, which is leading
to some of the depth issues and inconsistencies
that happened through the course of the
year in a couple of cases. So my job now is to look at
where those deficiencies are and try to get as many position
groups up to a standard level, and have a quality to where
it allows the consistency as quickly as I can. And that’s made it
just more difficult. [INAUDIBLE] Richard
moving to defensive end, was that something
predicated because of the issues on the line,
or was it more about you thought he would
actually fit better? It was both at almost
the exact same time of, here’s a physical
player that can probably add more value to our team
than what he’s currently doing. And then here goes
the issue we had with Steven Wright
and [INAUDIBLE],, who were both in the two deep
and in the top five players, at that. And so it’s a pretty
fast patch up. And then to have your first
experience against Navy in option football, his head
was spinning a little bit. But I like him. I think he’s capable, and
I think he can help us. And I’m really anxious to, now
having an season, and a spring, and a summer, and a fall
camp, give him his best chance to help us there. Do you, each season, change,
not position responsibilities but staff responsibilities, say,
during the week or on game day? And if so, what
changes might you contemplate for next season? Yeah. Absolutely. I think that– so my
passion is learning and my passion is growth of
organizations and young people. I love the development process. And one of the very
first principles in the book Good to Great
is you get the right people on the bus, the wrong
ones off the bus. But what takes the most work
is getting the right people in the right seats. And those seats can
change based on where you’re going, how fast
you want to get there, and what that road looks like. And someone might
be very skilled at– for this my son is just
getting his driver’s license; my second son. And I’d probably feel
comfortable riding with him if it’s straight on the highway,
maybe out in the desert, and there’s not many cars. And he’s good the drive then. I probably wouldn’t
have him in the seat if we’re going to New York
City on his learner’s permit, because there’s just a
lot of stuff happening. And so certainly as I evaluate
each capability of my staff, now that I’ve known them in
this setting for two seasons, there’s always subtle
shifts that are maybe not as transparent to
the outside world. Some might be, but
internally there’s always that that’s happening. And I’m always trying to put not
only in the player perspective, but the right
people in the right seats to help the collective
and the individual move forward. And that’s basically
what happens. My coaches have some time
off right now this week. And then Monday that is the
process that starts every year. And so that leads us up
into spring practice. And when spring
practice starts, it’s with a lot of those
initiatives in play and then I assess
it through spring to see if that looks like it
might be beneficial to us.

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