English and Players Press Conference 9-10

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Safeties coach Ron English and two defensive players will speak with us around 9 (Yes, that's ridiculously late.). Follow along for updates.
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The plan is for us to speak with Jeremiah Moon and Donovan Stiner, but it might just be English because of how late it is.
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They must be watch the Miami game..
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English says life is about attitude. So, if you look at COVID as a challenge, it will be difficult for you. He says getting used to wearing a mask has been a bit of an adjustment.
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He says the rotation may be a little different this year because they have some veterans that are ahead of the younger guys. They'll still try to keep guys as fresh as possible.
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He says when you look back on things that happened last year, there might be some things he would've done different. He's excited for the group he has this year.
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He says Rashad Torrence got a 4.0 GPA in the spring and he's the furthest along of the new guys. He's flashing and making plays. "We certainly didn't miss on him." He says Mordecai McDaniel is faster and more explosive that he though he'd be. Tre'Vez Johnson has had it the toughest so far because all that they demand out of their STARs. They never timed him over a 4.5 in the 40. He feels like they took the right guys in the 2020 class.
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English says you can't assume how players feel about social justice issues, and he's been asking a lot of questions. He's really supportive of his players because young people react differently than older people. He's trying to be supportive and lend guidance at the same time.
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He says Stiner and Shawn Davis are knocking linemen around and playing very physical. Once you understand technique and leverage, it allows you to play freer. He's working with them to lower their target so they don't get flagged for targeting.
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He says Trey Dean had his best scrimmage on Monday. He's improved his tackling, discipline and technique. He'll help them at both safety and corner. He adds that he's not as arrogant as before, and that's allowed him to grow exponentially this year.
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He says the three senior safeties are acting like seniors and making plays for them. They'll move Brad Stewart around, and that will help them.
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English says the players know that they've had a track record of success with cross-training guys, so it's easy for their guys to buy-in. They can see the value in it. "Trey's going to have a big year. I really believe that in my heart."
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He says Tre'Vez Johnson brings toughness to the unit. They look for Chauncey Gardner-Johnson type of plauers at that position. He says when he was at Michigan, they put their best defensive player at STAR, so the challenge is large. He really struggled at first because of all of the duties.
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He says Dean is "cut-up now." For not being around Nick Savage very much, "they're very stout-looking dudes." Dean and Shawn Davis have bulked up a bit this offseason.
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He says Dean has matured naturally with age and he's confident now. He's seen through his years in this game, that you'll never know all of the answers. He tells Dean that if he wants to play in the NFL for years, he needs to improve every day. He uses LeBron James as an example of this.

He says players have to see the value in cross-training for it to be effective. He tries to keep everything as simple as possible for them.
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That's it for English. We will get Stiner shortly.
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Stiner says he put six or seven pounds this offseason. Being an older guy helped him this offseason.
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He says the older guys are working together to bring the younger guys up to their level.
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He says Dean has done a good job of being versatile and asking questions to learn as much as he can. He thinks his mentality, physicality and size will make him a good safety.
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He says Dean's ability to learn from his mistakes in the film room and correcting it on the field has impressed him.

The older guys tried to communicate with everybody as much as possible to make sure everybody was doing what they were supposed to.
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Stiner says leadership is a lot more important this year because they have a lot of youth in the secondary.
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He says the three freshmen are "ballers" and have made plays in the two scrimmages. He says Johnson has handled the STAR position well for a freshman. He's doing a good job of fixing his mistakes in the film room. He likes his speed; he's running step-for-step with everyone.
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He says the older guys on offense have done a good job of being vocal and bringing the younger guys up to speed. He says Xzavier Henderson is a standout amongst the young guys to him.
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He likes having a big game every week in the conference-only schedule. He's excited but admits that it will be physically taxing.
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That's all for tonight.
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