April 13, 2008

Neuheisel talks about scrimmage

Though the offense wasn't without some plays it appeared that defense once again is king of the jungle. Offensive standouts were Taylor Embree who caught three passes for 74 yards and a 24 yard touchdown. Christian Ramirez continues to impress and take advantage of his opportunity rushing for 54 yards on 10 carries.

It is becoming clear that Patrick Cowen has taken the lead in the quarterback derby. He ended up hitting on seven of 11 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown.

Rick Neuheisel met the media after the scrimmage and answered questions.

What did you think of the scrimmage?

Neuheisel: "As always in the case in scrimmages, there's going to be some good and some bad. I believe that we're making progress, and when you're making progress, you've got to be encouraged. The kids are giving a lot of effort, very few injuries, so knock on wood.

"Keep your fingers crossed and let's hope for a few more practices at this speed, this pace, and the same result.

How is the progress coming on the offensive side of the ball?

Neuheisel: "I see some progress in our offense in terms of guys getting some continuity, learning assignments and developing some tempo, which means the offense is gradually moving to the subconscious rather than just having to think about everything I'm doing.

"Defensively obviously I'm pleased with what's going on, but it is difficult to access it just from an on field basis until you look at the tape.

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