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quarterbacks, but they're all football guys and theywork well. They have a good mentality. They workat it hard. They are good with their teammates.You know, so a little different but notmajorly different, and the big thing is going to behow they perform, see if there's a difference there,and right now at least there hasn't been. But campis a funny thing. It really reveals a lot of things asyou go along typically.
Q. Has Brandon Scherff made it all theway back from his injury? (Tom Gustafson,KDSN-Radio)
COACH FERENTZ: Yes, he is full speed.I think Andrew Donnal is probably a little slower behind him in terms of being fully recovered, butBrandon is 100 percent and ready to go. He had agood spring, but you can tell when players misstime, typically you can. To that point LouisTrinca-Pasat is out right now. He missed all of spring practice. He played a lot last year, played just about every play that counted, but he's feelinghis way right now and he'll be a lot better here in aweek, two weeks or something like that, butBrandon is back and Andrew is doing well. He'sfunctioning fine.
Q. You've got a group of seniorscoming in, but when they came in you werecoming off Orange Bowl and some loftysuccess. Can they still draw from that do youthink? (Andrew Logue,
Des Moines Register)
COACH FERENTZ: You take good andbad from any experience that you have, and thoseguys have had that exposure, if you will, sohopefully they can share it. But to that point I thinkwe all find out at a really young age, it's more funwhen you win than when you lose, so it's as simpleas that.That's something they can share in their leadership styles, I suppose, but I don't know if it'sa major factor.
Q. Is the attitude always the same thistime of year or do you sense a little somethingdifferent with this team? (Pat Harty,
Iowa City Press-Citizen)
COACH FERENTZ: You know, everyteam has got some personality, regardless of whatthe season the year before was, because it's anew team. We graduated guys from last year, andyou've got new guys in the front of the room andguys emerge. They change during the course of amonth, let alone ten months or eight months,whatever it may have been, nine months, I guess.So yes, it's always changing. It's a pretty dynamicprocess.But the big thing is since we got going atthe end of November, the attitude has been realpositive. I haven't seen it waver, so that's a reallygood thing.
Q. The receiver position as a whole,Coach, can you talk about the depth you havethere now and how you see that as an area of possible improvement? (Rick Brown,
Des Moines Register
COACH FERENTZ: We just don't have alot of depth, and we know that coming in. Kevonteis our most experienced guy; certainly JordanCotton has played some and done a nice job onspecial teams, Jordan; Tevaun Smith played lastyear; Jake Hillyer has played a little bit. So youstart with those guys, and then we're just workinghard.But I'd also include our tight ends. I thinkour tight ends, that is a group where we probablyhave as much depth at that position as any. I thinkfor us to be an effective offensive football team,those guys are going to have to be involved, and Iwould say the same thing about our backs. If aguy can help us in the receiving part of it, and MarkWeisman is not terrible, but I don't foresee usputting him out wide, but using him out of thebackfield, no regrets there. But if Damon Bullockcould help us out there, Jordan Canzeri is showingsome things with ball skills that maybe we didn'tanticipate. We'll use everybody we've got just likeyou do every year.
Q. You guys have talked about havingan eight-man rotation on the defensive line.Have you made strides toward that and do youhave an eight in mind? (Marc Morehouse,
Cedar Rapids Gazette)
COACH FERENTZ: It's the top eight,whoever looks like it here at the end of August.The good news is we have some candidates, andwith all the up-tempo stuff it probably doesn't hurtto have that.When you have more inexperiencedplayers they'll probably play a little bit moreeffectively if we can keep them fresh. They've gotto earn that on the field. Certainly the guys we sawout there in the spring, plus we add Louis into thenext -- I think we have some guys that realistically