Dooley: Are you impacting the game? That's the bigger issue for me.
Posted by: Pete Roussel on Tuesday April 17, 2012
Posted by: Pete Roussel on April 17, 2012
Derek Dooley started his post-practice media session today with, "Um, I don't really have a lot, today."
Fourteen minutes later, Dooley had eloquently offered several interesting evaluations of his team, the current roster, and defense.
Dooley said, "The mental outlook is the biggest thing. When things get a little tough in the scrimmage or game, how do we respond to it? That's something we did not do. In fact, we really haven't done it well in two years. It's been a little disappointing. It's something I've always taken pride in as a coach. We were able to it pretty good at Tech. We need to be able to that here. That is, when it gets tough, we need to be able to grind out a victory."
As far as the current roster, it includes 8 guys from the Fulmer era, 9 guys from Lane's year, and 20 guys in all three of the classes below that.
Dooley explained, "The good news is that we're not having the attrition in those recruiting classes that we had. And that's important because you development and get better over time. And then usually the veteran football teams have a better chance to win."
As far as the defense, Dooley sort of jabbed at the lack of production from the defense a year ago under Justin Wilcox.
Dooley said, "That second tier (in the SEC), statistically at least, that's where we performed. But just because statistically you're in that area, the bigger issue for me is, 'Are you impacting the game?' And that's something I didn't think we did at all last year, that we had to get better at (this spring). Even though we kind of survived the game statistically, what were we doing to impact it to help us win, as far as negative plays, turnovers, energy changing plays, big hits. That's what our focus has been."
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