August 17, 2008

Stanzi assesses the offense

After a shoulder injury limited him early in camp, sophomore Rick Stanzi is back close to full speed this week and competing for the starting quarterback position. Following Saturday's scrimmage where he saw time with both the first and second team, Stanzi talked about the competition, how his shoulder is feeling, the progress on the offensive side of the football, and much more.

Q: How do you feel your camp has gone?

STANZI: Camp's gone good so far. We've still got a lot to improve on obviously as a team. We showed some good spots throughout the past few weeks, but as of right now we've got a lot of work to do.

Q: Can you talk about the passing game today and what clicked and what didn't for you guys?

STANZI: We're trying some things out, working on protection schemes, getting in sync with the line, and making checks and picking up stuff like that, so it's kind of a positive/negative type of thing. We've got a lot to work on, like I said earlier. We're pleased with it, but we've still got a lot to improve upon.

Q: If Iowa was playing a game tomorrow, who would be starting?

STANZI: I'm not the one who makes the decisions.

Q: Today was just a small glimpse, but you've been around practice. Has the offensive line played better and has the offense clicked better than what it appeared today?

STANZI: Yeah. Like I said, we've had some bright spots, but we need to work on our consistency I think and Coach touches upon that everyday. We have a lot going on and it's tough being in camp three weeks, but we've got to work through it, persevere, and become a better team.

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