It definitely made us limited on some things. Philip Bates has shown, in the time that he's been able to get in there, that he's a strong back that gets positive yards, and he's hard to bring down.
The word 'finish' is a popular word around here, back to 2002. It's just a mentality of playing every play like it's your last, and we came out and were a little satisfied with how the first half of it went. We have to learn that when you have someone down, you gotta finish them off.
I've always believed that you can't worry about injuries, especially this time of year. I choose to see the positives. It's just part of the process of having a physical spring practice, which we're always gonna do. It's helping develop our depth is how I look at it.
It looks like (MSU) is playing with a lot of confidence on both sides of the ball and on special teams. I think they're one of the most improved teams in the conference over the last couple of years.
We've fluttered around with turnovers (earlier this season) and need to keep that under control.
What he's doing is showing all those guys that either aren't in now or that are going is that there's great competition. He's raising the level and raising the bar, and everybody's gotta step up and be ready to compete.
We'd like nothing better than to have people from all parts of our community come out and get involved in this. We appreciate what our fans mean to this program.
We've just scratched the surface in being able to communicate with him so that he can play our defense. Right now, we're relying mostly on the written word I'd personally like to take basic sign language lessons and continue to develop better ways to communicate with him.