Q: What do you expect from the QBs for the second scrum?
Kenny Dillingham: “Improvement, first step, right? When bad things happen, do we make a bad game horrible? I think that’s what separates great quarterbacks isn’t necessarily great players who make Sports Center, but do your bad plays make Sports Center “When your bad players don’t make Sports Center, that’s when you’re a great quarterback.”
Q: What are you looking for in the QB contest and what are the answers you don’t have yet?
KD: “I think guys keep functioning and which guys can be consistent. I mean, we always talk about whether you want to be a great player, or whether you want to be relied on, you have to be consistent So we’re looking for consistency across the board, and it’s only a second scrum, so we’re excited to see which players can show up again and be consistent when the lights are on.
Q: Who were these regular players?
KD: “I think there’s been a number of guys that have been consistent. I think we had a pretty good fall camp. And I think our guys are coming to work.”
Q: With young players, what is the first thing you want to see from them in scrum two?
KD: “Growth. Not making the same mistake twice. Can you go out there and can you make the mistake you made in the last scrum? Can you correct it when the coaches aren’t in the field and not helping?Sometimes when you’re in a live setting in a scrum setting, you know things can get overwhelming because there’s no one to help you when you look around you, right? We’re looking for the guys you know when the going gets tough when they don’t have anyone to help them. They breathe deeply. Do they think and play fast?”
Q: Do you think, after 14 fall and 15 spring practices, that you are close to making a decision?
KD: “To be honest, I don’t know. I mean, I think it’s going to happen when it happens.”
Q: What are you looking to improve the most in this second scrum?
KD: “I want to improve our tempo. We’re not playing at a very fast pace at the moment. It’s not really who we are but we have to play a bit faster. That’s something I would like to see “I would like to see us focus more on football with the ball in our hands. And I think we’re a bit too loose with the ball. So I want to see the safety of the ball. And I want to see players a bit better. tempo.”
Q: What is your philosophy for the collaborative approach used by this team?
KD: “I learned from a young age that, you know, the smartest people listen the most. So I mean, it’s not just me coming out as a dictator. It’s listening to the players, what our signals are going to be, listening to the quarterbacks what plays they like and are comfortable with, listening to the players in the roster say, I like this road I’m good on this road. I like to execute double moves. Can I execute it that way of a cut split? Right? I have better leverage from that perspective. Isn’t it? So I think the more you listen, I think you’re reaping the benefits of using a lot of people’s intelligence, and people think it’s you when in reality, you’re everything just not stubborn.
Q: Players aside, are there things you as a manager are looking to improve on for this scrum?
KD: “100%. I think sometimes you have a rhythm with comfortable calls. I want to put myself in difficult situations where we call complex calls in the middle of trips. Not just on P & 10s (possession and 10s) but we’re calling really complex calls for a defense that aren’t just tempo calls where you almost get into a rhythm because you’re going to drive and you’re trying to play fast We really stop and make us make the best call we can on certain situations.”
Q: What did you see of Troy Franklin at fall camp?
KD: “I think he’s a guy who’s been consistent. He’s a guy who’s put on a little weight and he’s the guy who works. Every day you kind of have the same guy, the same guy , That was one of the biggest challenges I’ve said on offense before is you know the quarterback is going to throw to people they’re comfortable with and in who they have confidence on third down and that’s what wins or loses football games it’s third down and red zone so are you a guy quarterback trusts on third down and i think that Troy Franklin is slowly proving he’s a consistent guy.
Q: Compared to the Florida State WR room, are you ahead in numbers?
KD: “I don’t necessarily want to compare us to an old place. But I think we’re in a good place. I think the guys are hungry and they’re connected. The guys help each other, and I think that’s the most big growth right now is if they’re not in the field, and there’s a young buck, you see Dont’e Thornton and Troy Franklin, jogging behind, and Seven McGee jogging behind trying to line up a guy trying to help They communicate with each other So if someone you know isn’t getting the right signal you can see the communication so they all do it right Coach Lanning speaks in your voice. How much you say something is confidence, isn’t it? And if you know you’re right, if you have confidence in something, say it with your chest. So everybody Believe you, everyone rides with you. And we’re on the same page. I think these guys are really buying this post to get all 11 guys on the same page.”
Q: What is the mood between defense and attack in training? Trash talk?
KD: “I think it’s healthy. I mean, I think we’re competitive as shit. I think they go after it every day. But I think we have a really good balance that We all get it. We’re all on a team. We don’t want guys on the ground in practice. We want to keep guys in place. We want to keep you healthy. We want to find that balance where we can go and work. and being physical. I think our guys did a great job improving me throughout fall camp.”
Q: With OL’s first injuries at the fall camp, do you feel in a good position to move people now?
KD: “I think we still have some moving parts for that. But I think we have a good team of people that we feel really, really comfortable with. Some young, some older, but it goes back to the vets in this room does an amazing job just bringing people with them ’cause they had to default like you said fall camp you’re gonna get some cuts and bruises so these vets were playing sides of young males, and they were trying to help them line up, help them with the calls. So I feel good about the depth of this room.
Q: Did you and Lanning first meet at ASU?
KD: “We first crossed paths at ASU. I was going to sit in meetings and I remember Coach Lanning slipping me an installation tape under the table. We weren’t supposed to give them away, but he slipped me one that I could take home and look.”
Q: What did you think when he took the “demotion” to become GA in Alabama?
KD: “I think if anyone knows Coach Lanning, they know he has no ego. He just wants to learn the ball. He’s still learning. Even now, he’s still studying, he’s still learning “He loves to learn the ball. So when he went there, it just made sense to me, he learned football.
Q: You were with Lanning in Memphis when his wife, Sauphia, was diagnosed with cancer, what did you see of Lanning at that time?
KD: “The way they handled adversity was really amazing. The way he came to work every day, he left the house at noon, went to see Sauphia, went to see the children. The children were up, it was the definition of who this family is. They’re people, you know, we were at Arizona State as GA with a lot of kids, and they figured out a way to survive with Coach Lanning riding his bike to work It’s just who he is, it’s who Sauphia is, it’s who their family is, they’re gonna do whatever it takes for each other. It was super motivating, it’s what a family should be like.
Q: You had coach Gary Campbell here yesterday, what was it like having him in training?
KD: “It’s great. I mean anytime, this place has so much history, and we want that history here. We want the players, we want the coaches, we want the history, here every time that you meet a guy who is famous in this profession, someone who is a legend, and he’s in front of you, it really puts into perspective the luck of every coach, the luck of every player, to put on that uniform, to walk in this locker room. It’s just a blessing to have these guys there and it’s a reality check. Wake up and no matter what time you wake up, you should just be happy you can come to work here.