Faulkner talks about the offense after day six
Fan Day set for SundayAugust 7, 2013 · @MTAthletics
Offensive Coordinator Buster Faulkner
On the progress of Logan Kilgore: Offensively, we are trying to make a conscious effort to have a little bit more play action. We are excited to see the growth in Logan Kilgore. Every single day over the last three years, his maturity has grown through the roof. He's continuing to show growth.
On the offensive line: Up front, Josh Walker, Isaiah Anderson and Darius Johnson have been a strong point. We've got to find some depth up there. We are going to play some guys that haven't played a lot of football. Josh Chester and Daniel Stephens are two guys that stick out right now. Jaylen Hunter is another guy we've brought in here that has really made some progress and is pushing for playing time.
On the progress of the wide receivers: Out wide, I feel like we have a lot more depth than we've had. Those guys are competing every day. You can't take a day off in that room. The good thing about that room is that you've got good leadership with Tavarres Jefferson and Kyle Griswould.
On the running backs: In the backfield, we are trying to create more depth behind Jordan Parker. There is a bunch of guys that can carry the football and add different dimensions like Reggie Whatley, William Pratcher and Jeremiah Bryson.
On others who have stood out offensively: Jacob Corbaley has picked up right where he left off at tight end. He didn't go through spring with us because of an injury. The thing about him is we forgot how good he really was and what a difference maker he is on this team. Not necessarily touching the ball, but creating big runs and helping with pass protection. Corey Carmichael is a guy that has come on. He's been a great surprise through spring and has picked up where he left off.
On the continued progress of the offense: I like where we are headed. We've got a lot of work to do. We've got to continue to take care of the football. We've had a few interceptions. That comes with what we are trying to do with pushing it down the field a little bit. We've just got to get better every day. I am excited about the future of this program.
Senior QB Logan Kilgore
On how practice has been progressing so far: I think it's going well. We've got our base package in and now we are just tweaking up things. I am really excited on how far along we are after six practices. I think at this point, you start to move away from just throwing all this different stuff at the young guys. Now, we are starting to execute and polish up everything we do.
On starting two-a-days: Anytime you've got two practices, you just have to bring your mind in the morning. That's always going to be a full pad practice. I think we did that today. I think this morning we may not have come out with as much as enthusiasm or jazz. Anytime you've got two practices, you are making sure you've got enough going for not only the morning session, but the afternoon session as well.
On building team chemistry: We've put a lot of work in over the summer. I think that all of our extra work has really carried over into camp. I think as long as we continue to improve, not only with the play calls, but as well with the quarterbacks, receivers and running backs executing the correct routes, we will be where we want to be.
Senior OL Josh Walker
On how the offense is progressing: We've started off a little bit slow, but now we have the pads on and our necks have loosened up. I think we've come a long way. I think we are going to be a good team. We are going to be able to run the ball and throw the ball down field and take some shots.
On today's first practice: I think 3rd and 2 went average. We can get better in the short game. Logan is throwing the ball well. The offensive line as a whole has been doing well. Jaylen Hunter is coming in and is getting better. We also have a lot of young guys progressing their way through camp. The rain and cooler temperature helps. It's still football and it's still tough. We'll see come the second practice later tonight.
Middle Tennessee's annual Fan Day is set for this Sunday on the floor of Murphy Center from 2-4 PM. Autographs, inflatables, free hotdogs and drinks, and loads of fun will be on hand for all members of the Blue Raider family. Bring your kids and friends to get them ready for the 2013 football season.
Show your Blue Raider pride and pick up 2013 football posters, schedule cards, and much more. Fans will also be able to purchase the 2013 Blackout shirts, which have a great new design.
LIGHTNING'S LOCKER ROOM
Lightning's Locker Room will be open during practice on Saturday August 10th from 4-7 PM and during Fan Day on August 11th from 1-4 PM.
Also, LLR is offering a 25 percent discount for all MTSU Faculty and Staff from August 7th to August 30th at the off-campus location which is open Monday-Friday (8 AM-5 PM). They are also offering a coupon for $10.00 off a $25.00 purchase to season ticket holders and BRAA members from August 7th to August 30th.
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