A humorous anecdote from Tuesday's practice:
Hurricanes linebacker Denzel Perryman said he had Duke Johnson as a roommate during the summer and he could tell that Duke was "putting on a little weight" and "getting bigger" because Johnson would stand in front of the mirror and flex.
What would Perryman do?
"I would just tell him to sit down.
"We talked before and I was telling him, 'You've got to put [the hype] to the side. Right now you kind of start over. You're not in high school anymore; you're in college. You know everybody that's out here is All-American -- they were top guys in their city.'''
YOUNG RECEIVERS LOOKING GOOD
Here's the transcript from our interview today with receivers coach George McDonald:
What’s the biggest learning curve for a young receiver?
“I think the learning curve for all of them is one is the tempo that we play at. You know the high intensity in practice and just the volume of plays that we put in. You know, sometimes the
number of plays we have in one day is the number of plays we have in one season,
so just the learning curve. It’s the same thing from high school to college, college
to the NFL. It’s just the volume of information you get daily.”
How’s Malcolm Lewis looking?
“Malcolm’s doing a good job. I mean he’s really doing a nice job. He’s a real polished receiver. You know it’s the same thing, just the conditioning, just the volume of plays. But all the guys that we’ve signed, they’ve definitely shown they have the ability to play. Now how fast all that happens will play itself out. But they’re all doing really well right now.”
What in particular does Malcolm do that impresses you?
“I think the biggest thing about Malcolm is that he can make the first person miss. His run after the catch ability is really a specific trait that he has. He’s elusive after he catches the ball then he
gets the ball up the field really fast.”
And Lockhart's leaping ability?
“Now Lockhart, you know he has really, really good ball skills. He can track the ball amazingly. All of them have unique traits but that’s one of his strong traits right there.”
Coach Golden talked about Kendal’s consistency.
“Kendal’s done a great job. And he’s a guy that’s just kept working, kept working, and this year, I hope this is the year that he puts everything together. But up to this point I mean he’s done an awesome job in terms of knowing the system, playing hard every day and competing every day.”
Does he feel the pressure of being the old guy?
“No I don’t think he feels any pressure. I think he feels relieved. It’s just like, ‘hey, you know it’s my
time’. I think it’s a great opportunity for him and I think he’s maximizing all his
opportunities right now.”
How much do you plan to get the younger guys into the rotation?
“Coach Golden’s philosophy is get the talent into the game. So the
most talented players are going to play and obviously we have a lot of young,
talented players that might receive a position so we’re going to try to get as many
as we can in the game."
SUNDAY'S SCRIMMAGE is set for 1 p.m., and I'm pretty sure it's closed to the public (and media). However, if that changes, I will let you know.
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN