Stockstill pleased with Raiders' attitude, work ethic

Two-a-days are complete

August 17, 2011 · Athletic Communications
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    COACH RICK STOCKSTILL ON TODAY’S PRACTICE: “I thought we started sluggish but we got our energy going the second half of practice and finished strong. I am pleased so far with our play. We are working hard and have a great attitude.”

    “We are starting to get a little fatigued which is normal at this stage of camp. With the way we want to play, we have to get in great shape and we are working toward that. We are getting better at a lot of positions and the most disappointing thing right now is injuries along the offensive line.”

    COACH JUSTIN WATTS ON THE RECEIVERS: “Right now, it’s pretty much the guys that we felt we could count on that are stepping up. Right now, we are just inconsistent. We came out Tuesday and I thought the defense got the better part of us, we were a little sluggish, had dropped balls, and just weren’t giving the effort that Coach Stockstill demands. We came out this morning and had a great practice; guys were flying around and making plays.”

    COACH JUSTIN WATTS ON POSITION BREAKDOWN: “At the “X” position, Sancho McDonald has been up and down, but had a really great morning today. Jamal Gray, who just got here from junior college, has really picked up the offense. He’s a tough kid, loves to play football, and I believe he will help us this fall. At the “H” position with Tavarres Jefferson, Harold Turner, and Kyle Griswould, all three of those are shorter, quicker type guys that are doing a good job. At the “Y” position, Tyler Mason, Anthony Amos and Shane Blissard are three guys I feel real comfortable with.

    “At the “Z” position, we’ve got Malcolm Beyah, Reggie Whatley and Andrew Banks. Andrew has done a good job of filling in for injured guys; he’s able to go to all four positions and understands our offense. Reggie is still learning how to play receiver and he shows glimpses sometimes that make you think “We’ve got to get that guy the ball.” He’s as fast as anybody we have out here. Malcolm has been consistent when he’s not banged up, like he was this morning, he has had a great fall camp. He’s been more disciplined this fall in running his routes and in catching the ball. He’s got to do his job and make big plays for us to have a chance to win.”

    COACH JOE CAUTHEN ON THE LINEBACKERS: “With only one returning starter, it’s quite a challenge. We do have some talented guys that are really coachable. They are not where I want them to be yet, but we are getting closer. We are getting closer as a group, and hopefully, that cohesion will come together rather quickly.”

    COACH JOE CAUTHEN ON HIS CONCERNS ABOUT THE LINEBACKERS: “Our number one concern is to stay healthy. Number two is to get game-time experience. We have to practice hard and we have to study the game. We have a lot of speed, but too many times football IQ is overlooked, and that is a huge key. I have seen a lot of football players that may not be quite as fast, but are smart players, which allow them to play faster than a guy who has a lot of natural speed. I’m big on football IQ.”

    LINEBACKER DARIN DAVIS’ KEYS TO SUCCESS: “Prepare, watch film, always be ready, be alert, have your eyes on the right keys. You key on the quarterback and do what you have been coached to do. That leads you to job responsibility.”

    DARIN DAVIS ON THE LINEBACKERS BIGGEST ASSET: “We are a lot faster than we were last year all thru the depth chart. Everybody is fast. Everybody can run under a 4.5 Forty. Speed can cover a lot of mistakes in our coverage and drops.”

    LINEBACKER DARIN DAVIS ON BEING A LEADER: “It isn’t a burden at all. It’s fun. People come up to you, you give them guidance. It’s a great world to be in. You just have fun and relish the role as long as you are responsible with it, and not abuse it. I love it.”

    LINEBACKER DARIN DAVIS ON INCOMING FRESHMEN:Alexandro Antoine, we call him “Dro”, he’s a defensive end and a real spark off the edge. He is physically strong, and I love how he plays. There is a young corner named Singletary (Jared). He is small but very physical and has great ball skills. I like how he plays, tough-nosed.”

    What is the best Halloween Costume that you ever wore? I was a nurse in middle school, and my pants split.
    What is the craziest thing you ever did in high school? I went mud-bogging with one of my friends, and we jumped in a freezing cold pool, about 28 degrees.
    What famous person would you like to have following you on Twitter? Erykah Badu, a singer.
    What is the worst part of pre-season camp? Hitting head to head with the offensive linemen every day, gives me headaches.
    What is the best part of pre-season camp? Being around my teammates, having fun.
    What is your dream job? Playing in the NFL
    What is your hometown, and what is it famous for? Waycross, GA, and its famous for the Okefenokee Swamp and eating alligator meat.

    What is the best Halloween Costume that you ever wore? I don’t know if it was the best or not, but I was a ballerina when I was small. My mom dressed me up.
    What is the craziest thing you ever did in High School? Jumping into a lake, where there were two big boulders in the bottom, but not knowing where they were.
    What famous person would you like to have following you on twitter? Actress Meagan Good.
    What is the worst part of pre-season camp? The worst part, but it makes us better, is going against the D-line every day.
    What is the best part of pre-season camp. Getting to know my teammates better, and being around them all the time.
    What is your dream job? Either the NFL, or working with kids and coaching.
    What is your hometown, and what is it famous for? Forsythe, GA. It isn’t famous, but the best-known place in town is the Waffle House.

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