Wednesday morning Coaches Quick Hits

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Some interesting quotes from around the country:

Mike Sherman talks about QB Jerrod Johnson: “I will say that he takes to coaching as well as anybody I’ve ever been around, and he really works on things and he’s addressed the issues he’s worked on. And when he has a weakness, he tries to turn it into a strength.”

“One thing about Jerrod is when you tell him to work on something, he really works on it. He really spends time to improve in areas that he needs to improve. Because he’s long-legged, he can be a little wide with his base, so he throws with his arm and shoulder. He’s got to play with a more narrow base.”

Houston Nutt pumped about recruiting success: “I’m glad you brought that up. It’s been really good. I’m so excited about the ones we’ve got. It started with this signing class that we have on the field and now we’re really excited to have this many commitments in August. Man — a lot of quality players. I’m really pumped.

Arizona quarterback Nick Foles praises quarterbacks coach Frank Scelfo: "I couldn't ask for a better quarterback coach. He keeps it fun, but the most-important thing about him is that he cares about players as people. We respect him as much as you can respect a person. He has so much knowledge. He's taught us a lot. He teaches us a lot every day."

Florida defensive line coach Dan McCarney talks about Gators’ coaching staff: “I think they all come from phenomenal programs, good people, they are winners. Most, if not all, have a great background with Urban Meyer, which makes it pretty unique. I’ve been on some great staffs. I think this one may be as good as any I’ve ever been around.”

Skip Holtz describes Tuesday’s 2-hour practice, the first practice since school started: “Today's practice was like pushing a rope."

Kiffin says Barkley missed half of Monday’s practice, class conflict: “Practice was a little strange to me because of class conflicts. We lost a number of guys at some point including Barkley, (who) had to leave half-way through practice.” 

Monte Kiffin talks about Lane: "Do you think I'm going to work for a jerk even if it is my son? Coaches talk in this business, and they know who is a good guy or a bad one. If the guy is what everybody says he is, then I'd be the only one working for him.''

Butch Jones building own identity at Cincy: "We've been extremely successful in the past, so as a coach you don't just go in and change everything," Jones said about the footprint of success. Still, he wants this group to make its mark. "Last year was special. We're building our own identity now."

Kyle Whittingham on Utah’s 13 straight wins when extra time to prepare: "It kind of falls into the category of the bowl game situation where our guys really do a good job preparing. They take each practice very seriously and work hard. I think that really is the difference. I don't think there's any special way that we go about our business. It's how our players go about their business."


Quoting San Jose State head coach Mike MacIntyre: "Probably the first biggest challenge right now is making sure these young men keep believing and keep fighting and striving to realize how good a program we can be. It's also a process. I'm not just trying to build a team, but build a program.”