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April 11, 2008 3:20 PM

Friday notes

Posted by Bob Condotta

Nothing real big emanating from Tyrone Willingham's press briefing today but here are a few notes and quotes:

--- Asked about the impact of the new coaches, Willingham said: "You always bring new personalities. Obviously, if you've been on the practice field for five minutes, you can hear Coach (Brian) White, he comes through loud and clear. And if you get near Coach (Ed) Donatell, you can hear the real positive nature that he brings and how he talked to our guys and how he guides them through his knowledge of what we're doing; and if you get near Coach (Steve) Gervias, you get that sense of calm in a sense that we're on the right track, we're doing the right thing. I think to their respective groups, they've brought that kind of approach, that kind of feel to it. So far, it's been very positive.''

--- Asked if they have contributed any new way of doing things, Willingham said: "All of our coaches have the ability to insert individual things into the structure of our practice. You always allow your coaches that kind of flexibility, and I'm always open to suggestions as to how we do things. We've got a wealth of experience (and) there's more than one way to do things.''

--- Asked if practice was better Thursday than Tuesday, which he had said was not real good, Willingham said: "We were a lot better ... It was a much more spirited day.''

--- Asked to assess the receivers, Willingham said: "The key thing with our receiver corps is we're getting some solid leadership from D'Andre Goodwin, and that has to be the real guy that sets the pace for that group. For the rest of the group, we're still learning. There's so much those guys have to learn that in three or four days you wouldn't imagine that they would be close to where they need to be. But they seem to be working pretty hard to get there.''

--- Asked about Alvin Logan, Willingham said: "I'd probably say Alvin is our biggest receiver. Alvin is doing a really good job and I'd say he's starting to understand his role and his body --- because I think that's a part of it, that you have to gain confidence in kind of who you are because he does have the size. He has to learn, we believe, to use that as one of his strong points in how he plays wide receiver, which might be different from how D'Andre plays wide receiver. I think Alvin is a very bring and intelligent young man, and I think he's going to incorporate his intelligence, his size and hopefully what I call his power into how he plays wide receiver.''

--- Asked about competition at safety, he said: "I think we've got a lot of competitions in the secondary, and it won't just be a free safety competition. I think that competition could overflow into all of the safeties, being that it could be the best two guys could emerge as not just the best free safety, but also the strong safety.''

--- Asked for an overall assessment of the secondary he said: "I've been pleased with the overall physical element that we have. A couple of years ago we had C.J. Wallace back there who I thought was a pretty good enforcer. If C.J. had the chance to put his pad on you, it was going to happen. I don't know if we had that feel last year. Now with Nate (Williams) and with Victor (Aiyewa) you're starting to see some guys who don't mind putting a pad to someone. And I might even add Tripper (Johnson) in there. It's early for him, but he's had a couple of occasions and he hasn't seemed to back away from it. So, when you have guys who bring that kind of attitude, that's really contagious. They start to get everybody excited about hitting people, OK, and then our linebackers start hitting, and we've got a couple of guys there who hit pretty good --- Trenton Tuiasosopo and Donald Butler and those guys don't mind putting a lick on you. And now you've got four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11 guys--- it gets kind of nice. It gets noisy out there.''

--- Asked about whether it's more important to have experience on the defensive line or at linebacker, Willingham said: "If I rated the importance, I would say it's more important to have the front experienced than to have the linebackers experienced --- even though you want to have experience everywhere. But your line really sets the table because if they don't do the right things up front, that puts too much pressure on your linebackers. So we have got to have our guys up front grow up fast, and then if not grow up fast, then we've got to have our guys in our recruiting class of 2008 come in and make an impact right now.''


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