Post-game interviews from Saturday!
Not bad, Drew
"The kid came in, and he could wing the ball a mile" last year, Scherer said of Lock. "He could hit whoever he wanted to hit, and then as he got in games and had more pressure on him and got less confident, he started not believing in himself. Now, he really believes in himself."
Zanders elevated his play after halftime and finished 8 for 13 for 83 yards. In the fourth quarter, he engineered a 10-play, 77-yard scoring drive against the third-string defense. The drive culminated when 6-foot-7 redshirt freshman wide receiver Justin Smith went up between double coverage to haul in a 19-yard touchdown.
"We’ve made a lot of strides on the perimeter, going up and competing and attacking the football and making more competitive plays," Heupel said. "We were a long ways off at the beginning of spring ball. We’ve gotten better since we came back from spring break."
"It’s definitely a relief for people who are concerned about the offense," wideout J’Mon Moore said. "But I’d tell those people I wouldn’t have any more concerns. We’re definitely going to put up points this year."
That remains to be seen. While coaches admitted the flavor of Saturday’s game plan was pure vanilla – "Both sides today had maybe page one of the playbook," Odom said – the sluggish start on a sun-drenched day looked familiar. The day began with a botched flea flicker pass, and it took four possessions until the offense managed a sustained drive.
That’s when the Lock of last year’s preseason camp returned — the confident, decisive accurate passer of August 2015, not the shell-shocked, overwhelmed freshman who went 2-6 once October arrived.
"Both sides had maybe page one of the playbook today, and that was good," Odom said. "I wanted to line up and play hard, smart and tough."
Still, Lock, who completed 9 of 13 passes for 134 yards with two touchdowns, looked exceptional.
"He efficiently ran the offense and didn’t try to press and do too much, which was exciting for me to see," Odom said. "I’ve said it a number of times, his skill set is off the charts."
"A little more?" defensive coordinator DeMontie Cross responded when asked if the offense was presenting more of a challenge this spring. "A lot more. I don’t know what it was, but I think our offense has definitely made us show up to work every day." [...]
"I’m comfortable," Lock said. "Let’s say the offense now, I’m more comfortable with than the offense last year."
"I don’t think you’re ever comfortable. I like what they have grasped. If you ask them to draw it up, they can draw it up. But now it’s the nuances of the play," Heupel replied. "Everybody sees the big things, but it’s all the little things that add up to the big things happening."
Lots of linemen need to get healthy this summer
Another sketchy weekend on the diamond(s)
Softball takes one
Baseball takes none
[throws tomato at last headline]