August 30, 2009

Embree still a catch

Sophomore wide receiver, Taylor Embree was the surprise freshman of the year last season. While coaches and fans alike are well acquainted with Embree's skill level, he has not rested on his laurels and had a great offseason. His routes look tighter and he appears to be faster than he was a year ago. Embree took time to talk with to talk about his hard work in the offseason and more. It is obvious that you really put the man hours in the offseason. You were always a good route runner, but it seems like your routes are even crisper and you seemed to pick up a step. Can tell us what you did in the offseason to prepare for sophomore year?

Embree: "I think the biggest thing what we did, obviously, was Coach (Mike) Linn workouts. Props have to go to Coach Linn. He got everyone to another level over summer and spring, but for me the biggest thing in spring since I was unable to actually physically out there, it was time for me to study and do everything mentally. So for me I think the biggest thing I did was learn what the defense was trying to do rather than just try to understand what we are doing, knowing why defenses are going certain things. How they disguise coverages and all that.

"Like Coach Reggie Moore says, if you can get open, you are going to get all the balls in the world so it doesn't matter how fast or strong you are. That was the biggest thing for me was learning what the defense was doing so I'm able find holes in the defenses and recognize what they are trying while at the same time knowing what we're trying to do."

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